April is Oral Health Month

Posted by JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon on 2 April 2013

April is Oral Health Month






Five Steps to Good Oral Health

Put a smile in your body. Follow these simple steps to good oral health and watch your overall health improve, too:

  1. See your dentist regularly
  2. Keep your mouth clean
  3. Eat a well-balanced diet
  4. Check your mouth regularly for signs of gum disease and oral cancer
  5. Avoid all tobacco products

Remember there is a connection between good oral health and overall health. April is National Oral Health Month

Cleaning Teeth

Young children are not able to clean their own teeth. As a parent, you must do it for them when they are very young and do it with them, as they get older.

When your child can write (not print) his or her name, your child is ready to do a good job brushing. You should check to make sure your child does a good job.

You should start cleaning your child's mouth even before your child has teeth. It gets both you and your child into the habit of keeping the mouth clean, and it gives baby (or primary) teeth a clean place to come into. The goal is to wipe all parts of the gums and teeth.

Here's how to do it:

  • Lie your baby in a comfortable place.
  • Make sure you can see into your baby's mouth.
  • Use a soft baby brush or wrap your finger in a clean, damp washcloth. Then, brush or wipe your baby's gums and teeth.
  • Do not use toothpaste until your child has teeth.

National Oral Health Month - Get snack smart with your kids

  1. Limit the number of times a day your child eats or drinks sugars
  2. Avoid sugary treats that stay in the mouth for a long time like hard candy or lollipops
  3. Avoid soft, sticky sweets that get stuck in your child’s teeth
  4. Serve sweets for dessert while there is still plenty of saliva in your child’s mouth to wash away the sugars
  5. Serve juice and milk during or at the end of mealtime. Drink water between meals
  6. Serve vegetables, cheese, nuts or seeds for snacks
  7. Have your child brush her teeth at least twice a day and before going to bed

Did you Know?

MSI in Nova Scotia covers basic dental care for children

from birth up to the end of the month in which they turn 10.


Nova Scotia’s MSI Children’s Oral

Health Program


Once a year, the MSI Children’s Oral

health Program covers:


  1. One dental exam
  2. Two X-rays
  3. Fillings
  4. One preventive service (brushing and flossing instruction)
  5. Nutritional counseling