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October has arrived!
A month commonly known for ghouls, ghosts and goblins, now has another celebratory meaning for us folks in the dental world because it’s National Dental Hygiene Month. This month-long holiday founded by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, was established to help raise public awareness about the importance of good oral health.
Oral health is an important aspect of our overall health that is often overlooked. Not only does taking care of your mouth, teeth and gums help prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath, but it can also protect you from more serious health problems down the road. That’s why we encourage you to celebrate with us, by practicing good oral hygiene at home with these healthy hygiene habits!
- Always Make Time to Brush Your Teeth
The best way to make your smile sparkle is by brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Brushing your teeth in the morning, after meals and before bed helps remove pesky food particles and plaque that damage your teeth and gums over time. For best results, use a soft bristle toothbrush to gently brush the inside, outside and top of every tooth with short back and forth motions. Also, be sure to brush your tongue and gums as well to remove as much oral bacteria as possible and help eliminate bad breath.
- Don’t Forget to Floss!
Flossing at least once a day is just as essential to having good oral health as brushing your teeth. According to the ADA, flossing disrupts colonies of bacteria that form along the gum line while also stimulating the gums, which helps prevent gum disease. Whether you prefer to clean between your teeth with a string of floss or flossers, it’s important to remember to use a firm but controlled rubbing motion when cleaning the tooth surface between the gum line in order to avoid damaging your gums.
- Wash Away Bacteria with Mouthwash
In addition to brushing your teeth and flossing, rinsing with mouthwash is a great way to maintain a fresh and healthy mouth. Most people associate mouthwash as a remedy for bad breath, but it can also help remove the hard to reach bacteria living below the gum line and in between teeth responsible for tooth decay and gum disease. When shopping for mouthwash look for ones that are alcohol free. Alcohol tends to create dryness in the mouth leaving it more prone to cavities, instead look for mouthwash products with fluoride to provide an extra boost of protection against tooth decay and cavities.
Make National Dental Hygiene Month last all year long by adding these three habits to your daily routine, and visiting our office for cleanings at least twice a year!