Smile Tips for National Dental Hygiene Month
October in National Dental Hygiene Month, so stop in and say hello to our favorite new hygienist Lori!
Oral Health equals overall health, and to help you achieve that we have some tips that are easy enough to incorporate into your daily routine for long lasting results! Remember, tooth decay and gum disease are 100% preventable!!
Do The Daily 4 – Brush, Floss, Rinse, Chew
1. Brush 2x a Day, for 2 Minutes
Always Brush Your Teeth for 2 Minutes, Twice a Day, Every Day.
Optimal oral health in National Dental Hygiene month and beyond starts with the toothbrush.
One of the most important things we can do is to brush our teeth for two minutes, in the morning & at night before we go to bed.
Proper brushing reduces sticky-icky plaque, prevents tooth decay, and helps limit the onset of gum disease.
2. Floss Daily
Did you know that daily flossing can actually SAVE you money at the dentist?
By simply flossing your teeth each day you can reduce the impact on your bank account when it comes to shelling out some cash for expensive dental work to treat problems that could have been identified earlier – at a significantly lesser cost.According to Colgate.com, some statistics say that nearly 80 percent of people don’t floss!
Daily flossing is so important because your toothbrush doesn’t reach the spaces between your teeth, and using dental floss (or interdental brushes) are the best ways to remove any remaining food particles and plaque to prevent cavities & gum disease.
Your oral health is connected to your overall health, so skipping the daily flossing can actually make you more susceptible to infection, and other overall health issues like diabetes, stroke, heart disease, & prenatal complications – among others.
Flossing can also help prevent bad breath, so make sure you don’t skip step two of your “Do The Daily Four” daily dental health routine.
3. Daily Rinsing with Mouthwash
Rinse with Mouthwash to Improve Oral Health.
Rinsing with an anti-microbial mouthwash every day is the third component in the “Do The Daily 4” steps to dental health success.
Not only does a daily dose of mouthwash help reduce bad breath, but rinsing is another important step you can take to prevent gum disease (gingivitis).
Although among the most important, daily brushing & flossing alone doesn’t crush all of the bacteria causing cavity creeps.
Our teeth really only account for less than half of your mouth, so make sure to put a bow on your preventative dental health regimen each day but swishing with some mouthwash.
You should also talk to your dental hygienist next time you’re in the office for that routine bi-annual checkup & cleaning.
4. Chewing Sugar-Free Gum
Chewing Gum Can Help Keep Teeth Healthy While You’re on the Go.
Chewing sugar-free gum, especially after eating and drinking, has a positive impact on oral health.
The action of chewing sugar-free gum stimulates the most important natural defense against tooth decay — saliva — which in turn helps fight cavities, neutralizes plaque acids, remineralizes enamel to strengthen teeth and washes away food particles. So stoke up the saliva production and help your body naturally fight against tooth decay by chewing sugar-free gum after meals!
The action of chewing sugar-free gum stimulates the most important natural defense against tooth decay — saliva — which in turn helps fight cavities, neutralizes plaque acids, remineralizes enamel to strengthen teeth and washes away food particles.
So stoke up the saliva production and help your body naturally fight against tooth decay by chewing sugar-free gum after meals!