Smile Habits OC

Learn how to keep your and your family's smile healthy and happy! Smile Habits OC is a resource for anyone who would like to know more about maintaining good oral health.

Flossing, Extremely Important for Children

Brushing two (2) times a day for at least two (2) minutes with a fluoride toothpaste is the first step in keeping teeth and gums healthy, however, brushing alone cannot remove plaque in between teeth. This is a primary area for cavities among children. Flossing daily helps prevents cavities by removing dental plaque and food particles between teeth.

May is Dental Care Awareness Month. This is a great time to encourage families and caregivers to review their child’s dental care routine to ensure flossing is a primary part of their preventive dental care. Click on the button below to learn about:

  • When to start flossing your child’s teeth.
  • Tips to help floss your child’s teeth daily.
  • Additional flossing resources to help families and caregivers help their children maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Flossing and Children

Oral Health Information for the Whole Family

Infancy (0-11 months)


It starts with my very first tooth.

Early Childhood (1-5 years)


Help me develop good habits from the start.

School-Aged Children (6-13 years)


Protecting my permanent teeth is important to me.

Adolescents & Young Adults (14-20 years)


I need to take control of my oral health.

Adults (21-64 years)


My oral health is just as important as my overall health.

Pregnant and Postpartum


Oral health care and medical care go hand in hand.

Older Adults/Seniors (65+ years)


I want to keep my smile and natural teeth.

Individuals with Developmental Disabilities / Special Health Care Needs


I may need help for my best oral health.

Blogs and Local Oral Health News

Blog
May 3, 2024

Flossing, Extremely Important for Children

May is Dental Care Awareness Month Good oral hygiene starts at home. Teaching children to brush and floss daily at an early age can help reduce tooth decay and prepare…
Blog
April 1, 2024

What You Need to Know About Oral Cancer

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month This annual observance emphasizes the importance of an oral cancer screening. Early detection is your best defense. If diagnosed early, it can help doctors…
Blog
March 4, 2024

World Oral Health Day is March 20

World Oral Health Day is March 20th! Celebrate World Oral Health Day. Good oral health is essential for a healthy smile. Maintaining good oral health also extends far beyond your…
Blog
February 7, 2024

Healthy Habits for Healthy Smiles

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! This national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated members of the dental team, healthcare providers, parents, caregivers, teachers, and other community partners…
Blog
January 4, 2024

8 Tips to Prevent a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies can arise at any time of day or night. A growing number of people rely on hospital emergency room (ER) care for a variety of dental related issues.…
Blog
December 5, 2023

Caring for Your Oral Health When You Have a Cold or the Flu

Cold and rainy weather are signs that the winter season is near. The winter season is also the time of the year for colds and the flu. Everyone is at…

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Local Oral Health Program

The Orange County Local Oral Health Program (LOHP) is dedicated to providing opportunities and resources for promoting and supporting optimal oral health equity for all Orange County residents.

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