Encouraging your child(ren) to brush their teeth twice a day and floss are all important steps to ensure your child’s smile stays healthy, happy, & cavity-free! Yet, there’s a single ingredient found in our water and our toothpaste that naturally acts as “nature’s cavity fighter.” You likely have heard of something called “fluoride” before, but may not be aware about its importance!

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that appears in most bodies of water, rocks, plants, and even some foods. We’ve come to discover that fluoride is a proven way to prevent tooth decay, so the mineral is often added to community water sources and dental products, like the toothpaste in your cabinet!

Why is fluoride important?

When we eat or drink, the bacteria in our mouths feed on sugar/starches and ultimately release acids that break down food. The problem is, these acids can also erode the enamel that protects our teeth. When enamel breaks down, that’s when tooth decay, cavities, and other oral hygiene issues can occur.

Is fluoride safe for children?

It sure is! Fluoride is safe for children in the correct dose. However, too much fluoride in early childhood can lead to fluorosis, which may result in white spots or pitting of the enamel. If you’re ever concerned about your child getting too much fluoride, please talk with a pediatric dentist at Eversmiles! We’re more than happy to help you determine the correct amount of fluoride to keep your child’s smile healthy!

Where can I find more information about fluoride?

Please view the following sources if you’re interested in learning more about fluoride:


In the next few months, you’ll likely be in need of a brand new, fresh toothbrush & other related oral hygiene products! When the time comes to replace your toothbrush with a new one, chances are you haven’t spent much time mulling over your options on how to dispose of your toothbrush — there’s a high likelihood you tossed the old toothbrush right into the bin, as most Americans do!

Toothbrushes that find themselves in landfills can cause great harm to the environment if they manage to make their way to waterways or other vulnerable areas. If you’re looking for ways in which you can be more friendly to the environment when it comes to your oral hygiene routine, consider taking part in the Colgate® Oral Care Free Recycling Program, a collaboration between Colgate® and TerraCycle.

This free recycling program accepts a wide variety of oral hygiene products including all brands of used or empty toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes (non-battery/electric operated), toothpaste cartons, toothbrush outer packaging, and floss containers! Better yet, this program does not require you to thoroughly clean any products before dropping off or shipping them off. They only ask that any packaged items are dry and free from any dripping.

This program has several drop-off locations in Minnesota (unfortunately, all are localized to the Twin Cities region), but they also accept shipped packages. In order to ship, all you need to do is find a box, print the UPS label from their website, slap it on, and mail off your package!

Once your oral hygiene products are received, all items are cleaned and separated by material type. The materials are then recycled into raw formats that manufacturers use to make brand new products that then make their way to store shelves or dentist offices like ours!

Learn more about the Colgate® Oral Care Free Recycling Program here!



June is finally here, summer is right around the corner and the 1st of the month officially kicks off Oral Health Month!

The kids might be out of school for the next few months, but continuously teaching skills about healthy oral hygiene practices can and should occur year-round — especially when sharing these practices with young kids who absorb information at a heightened level!

More than anything, leading by example is the first step in showcasing best practices for oral hygiene. Healthy habits like brushing, cleaning between your teeth, cleaning your tongue, and seeing your dentist can all greatly affect your overall oral health and can make a big difference in the health of your entire family.

A Mini History Lesson

While oral hygiene practices have improved astronomically over the course of human history, there were practices set in place thousands of years ago in the hopes of maintaining oral health. While different in design, toothbrushes were conceptualized all the way back in 3500 BC by the Babylonians and Egyptians who used split twigs to clean their teeth. The “split twigs” eventually transformed into “chewing sticks” by the Chinese in 1600 BC and eventually transitioned into the modern-day equivalent of the toothbrush by 1780 AD.

The Ancient Greeks even used pumice, talc, alabaster, and iron rust as toothpaste. Clearly, not nearly as minty-fresh as today’s popular toothpaste choices, but again, oral health has been explored for thousands of years.

With the advancement of technology, dental hygienists, nurses, and doctors have all been able to grasp a much stronger idea of how oral health practices affect our teeth and have conducted extensive research into developing practices to best maintain our smiles over the course of our lives.


Every year on March 20, World Oral Health Day is globally celebrated! This special holiday is meant to empower individuals with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to ensure positive oral health outlooks.

While March 20 may seem like a seemingly innocent date, there is purpose behind the specific date selected:

  • Typically, children possess a total of twenty (20) baby teeth.
  • Typically, adults possess a grand total of 32 teeth (if you had any wisdom teeth removed, this number will range from 28-31) and hopefully, zero (0) cavities.
  • Numerically, these numbers can be translated to 3/20, which gives us the date of March 20.

Each year, there is a different theme that surrounds World Oral Health Day, ultimately selected by the FDI World Dental Federation. This year, World Oral Health Day hopes to inspire change by focusing on the importance of oral health for your overall happiness and well-being because good oral health has a positive impact on your general health and quality of life.

This, ultimately, is something worth taking action for. The theme sends out a simple but powerful message: Be Proud Of Your Mouth. In other words, value and take care of it!

Take a look at the official World Oral Health Day video! If you’re interested in learning more, please also check out their website.

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