In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, on Friday, February 17, 2017, Dr. Justin Orlandini of A.L.F. Family Dentistry in Scranton had the pleasure of visiting St. Mary of Mount Carmel School in Dunmore to discuss dental health with the students.
Dr. Orlandini addressed over 150 students between the ages of four and 15 and talked about how to keep their teeth healthy.
He addressed how often they should see the dentist for checkups, how often they should change their toothbrushes, why flossing is so important, which foods to eat and avoid in order to keep their teeth strong, and much more.
Dr. Orlandini also passed out goody bags to the children in order to help them keep their smiles looking great. Each goody bag contained a toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste, as well as five tips to keep their smiles healthy.
Here are the tips we recommended to the students at St. Mary of Mount Carmel:
- Limit your intake of foods and drink containing citric acid, as this ingredient can be just as harmful as sugar to your teeth.
- When brushing your teeth, angle the bristles of your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards the area where your teeth emerge from your gums. Use an up-and-down and side-to-side motion with your toothbrush.
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue to help control bad breath.
- Ensure you are getting enough calcium in your diet, as this mineral helps support strong teeth and bones.
- Visit your dentist every 6 months for a checkup so that small problems don’t become big ones.
In the future, we hope to visit other area schools to speak about dental health. We want to keep Scranton full of healthy smiles!
If you would like Dr. Orlandini to speak about dental health at your school, call us at (570) 346-9904.