I’m really proud to be a member of the ADA. The American Dental Association is more than just an organization that helps define the ethics of dentistry. The ADA is also an organization that also works toward education and safety of patients. Most lay persons are familiar with the ADA Seal of Approval that can be found on toothpastes and mouthwashes. They know that the ADA Seal is a way of certifying that the product meets certain criteria that ensure the product is safe and effective.
However, now that we are in “the information age”, the ADA has made a strong effort toward educating the public on their own oral health and things they can do to make their mouths healthier. The organization has even created a website, mouth healthy.org, that provides tons of information on topics like Nutrition, Life Stages, ADA Seal Products, and others. There are articles and videos and even a link to Mouthhealthykids.org which, as you guessed, gives info for kids.
Recently I was reviewing the site and discovered an article titled 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Toothbrush. Some of the info is good education and some of it is funny. Here it is as seen on the site:
We know and love our toothbrushes as the tools that kick plaque to the curb, help keep cavities at bay (with the help of fluoride toothpaste, of course) and freshen our breath. But what else can we learn about them? Read on for some toothbrush facts.