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Happy World Oral Health Day! In honor of this occasion, we’ve put together some information about the importance of dental health and hygiene. We’ve also provided some tips to help you and your family practice good oral health habits all year round.

About World Oral Health Day

World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is an international day held annually on March 20. It’s purpose is to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and promote the importance of oral hygiene. Did you know that 90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime? Many of these diseases can be prevented with increased oral hygiene education and the institution of prevention, detection, and treatment programs across the world. That’s why World Oral Health Day is so important. “It all starts here,” says the World Dental Federation. “Healthy mouth. Healthy body.”

Celebrate healthy mouths today, and practice good oral hygiene habits all year long for increased dental and overall health!

Tips for Practicing Good Oral Health Habits

Use the following tips to help maintain good oral health habits and a healthy, beautiful smile—whether you wear braces or not.

1. Watch your diet

  • Avoid soft drinks, especially during orthodontic treatment.
  • Avoid foods that damage your teeth, including popcorn—especially if you have braces.
  • Drink water and milk, and eat healthy foods that are rich in nutrients—such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy products.

2. Brush, floss, and rinse daily

  • Brush at least twice a day (or three times a day if you have braces) and floss daily.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste and a fluoride mouthrinse (if recommended by your dentist).
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Consider using an electric toothbrush for optimum results.

3. Visit your dentist

4. Educate your kids

  • Teach your children about the importance of oral hygiene, and help them develop healthy habits at an early age.
  • Visit MouthHealthyKids.org for videos, games, and activity sheets designed to teach kids about good oral health habits.

Have questions about good oral health habits? Think your child may need braces? Contact us. Call our office at 636.825.1000 or email info@doughertyorthodontics.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dougherty.