Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Celebrates National Dental Hygiene Month
Fresh breath, strong teeth, and healthy gums are all part of your oral health.
Maintaining your oral health starts with a conversation. October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic dentists want to remind the community the importance of dental hygiene.
Yakima Valley Farm Worker Clinic dentists and hygienists recommend to brush twice a day, floss once a day, rinse with mouthwash, and chew sugar free gum. Starting your child off on a path to a healthy smile begins at a young age.
“As soon as the first tooth appears, begin cleaning by wiping with a clean, damp cloth every day. When more teeth come in, switch to a small, soft toothbrush. Begin using toothpaste with fluoride when the child is 2 years old. Use toothpaste with fluoride earlier if your child’s doctor or dentist recommends it,” Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Dental Hygienist Debbie Werremeyer said.
Werremeyer also recommends brushing your child’s teeth twice a day with just a smear of toothpaste.
“As they get older, let them brush on their own and then follow up with thorough brushing to make sure all bacteria is removed. Small children don’t have that much dexterity at first, but they are learning healthy habits at an early age by doing it on their own,” Werremeyer said.