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Information on taking care of your dental hygiene is in our Help category for people in California.

Benefits of non-fluoride toothpaste

Too much fluoride can be bad for your health.  According to several research fluoride can cause harm to your health and cause teeth discoloration. The toxicity of fluoride, especially sodium fluoride that’s added to water could be incredibly toxic. As a result, many companies have developed non fluoride toothpaste.

You can buy these organic non-fluoride toothpaste at most organic stores and online.  I was able to find mine at Whole Foods.

For many, not using fluoride resulted in making their teeth more healthy.  Here are some of the benefits of switching from fluoride to non fluoride toothpaste.

  1. It is more healthy because it contains organic or herbal ingredients.
  2. It doesn’t contain toxic ingredients that can cause cancer.
  3. It is much cheaper.
  4. And you can have lots of choices when it comes to brand.


The most popular brands are Tom’s of Maine Natural Antiplaque, Nature’s Gate Herbal Creme de Anise Natural and XyliWhite. There are many others as well.

Proper Brushing Technique

Very few people realize it but there are many different kinds of ways to effectively brush your teeth.  I guess we don’t make a habit of talking about how we each individually brush our teeth so there is little discourse about it.

There is the Bass method, Charter’s method, Modified Stillman method, etc. to brushing one’s teeth.  Who knew!! Typically the most popular and recommended of brushing your teeth is the Bass method. Here is a step-by-step guide to how to brush your teeth under the Bass method:


Start with placing your toothbrush bristles in a 45 degree angle around the front top of the back teeth. Move the toothbrush in small circular motions. Ensure that you brush the teeth and particularly the location in which the tooth meets the gums.

With this particular circular motion, slowly move ahead to the front teeth. Don’t rush!! Take your time and effort and clean off all food debris and plaque. If you’re obtaining the difficulties with the comb the mouth area, angle it vertically and then brush in a 45 degree angle the leading surface and gum line.

Next, move about the arch and cover the trunk teeth about the opposite side.

Repeat these steps with all the back from the teeth too (the medial side from the teeth that’s nearest to the tongue)

Next, put the toothbrush bristles about the chewing surfaces from the teeth (known inside the dental world since the occlusal surface).

Move the toothbrush back forth inside a “scrubbing motion”. Make sure you brush the chewing surfaces of most teeth, the front teeth.

Rinse your toothbrush, put on tongue, and gently run the bristles over your tongue. The tongue may also harbor bacteria and cavity causing germs and should be cleaned too.

And there you have it.  There is one method to brush your teeth.

Kindergarten oral health

In 2005, the California legislature passed AB 1433, which is a kindergarten dental check up requirement.  The California Department of Education has allocated funding to support the implementation of this law.  With the assistance of the California Dental Association, free access to kindergarten has been offered to ensure that children with dental needs are provided with the basic care.  Cause studies have established that children with pain are unable to concentrate and learn in school.

The legislation requires that children have a dental check up by May 31 of their first year in public school at kindergarten or first grade.  Those who have had dental exams within 12 months of the school entry date are considered in compliance with the law.  The ultimate goal of the program is to establish regular dental care for every child.  The program will also identify which children need further examination and figure out what obstacles preventing them for further care.

Gum Disease

Gum disease (aka Periodontal or Gingival disease) is what harms the gums and bones that hold our teeth in place.  When plaque stays on your teeth for too long, tartar forms.  Tartar can’t be remove by you and I.  You can remove it with flossing and brushing regularly.  Only a dentist can remove it.  Tartar removal is covered under all California Dental Insurance Plans. If left untreated it can lead to gingivitis, a red swollen gum that bleeds easily which allows the teeth to pulling away from the teeth forming pockets that become infected.  If not treated, the infection can ruin the bones, gums and tissue that support your teeth.  You know what happens next right?  In time the teeth loosen requiring you to visit a dental office to get them removed.  The best way to avoid this is to visit a dentist regularly.  If you belong to a dental insurance plan the cost will be significantly less.

Mobile Clinic

The USC Oral Health Center provides a mobile dental clinic that is staff by USC Students and faculty.  The Mobile dental clinic visit fourteen sites each year and provides comprehensive care to children in urban and rural low income families in California.  The mobile clinic also provide valuable educational material about preventive care and how to avoid cavities.  The clinic also provides oral examination to all second graders in schools surrounding the university.