Each October, we celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy daily oral hygiene routine as well as scheduling regular preventative dental visits. Untreated oral disease can become systemic and lead to serious or life threatening conditions.
In observance of this month, here are a few ways to maintain a good oral hygiene routine.
Brush for 2 Minutes Twice a Day
- Brushing your teeth is the single most important thing you can do for your smile.
- Use a brush with soft, nylon, round-ended bristles that will not scratch or irritate teeth and gums. Don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every three to four months!
- Flossing is essential for removing plaque and food particles in places your tooth brush cannot reach, such as between the teeth and gum line where periodontal disease often begins.
Rinse with Mouthwash
- Brushing and flossing take care of your gums and teeth, but that’s only half of your mouth. Rinsing with a mouthwash will kill plaque and germs left behind and help prevent the gum disease known as gingivitis.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
- Chewing a sugar-free gum produces saliva, which helps fight cavities, neutralize plaque acids, and re-mineralize enamel.
- When a tooth brush and tooth paste is not an option, chewing gum can also clear the mouth of food debris.
Combining healthy habits with regular dental visits will help keep your smile looking bright!