October 5, 2022
Now that autumn has come around, you are starting to get eager for the cooler weather and the upcoming holiday celebrations. However, you shouldn’t forget that this month is National Dental Hygiene Month! By being aware and committing to your oral hygiene routine, you can keep your smile healthy for many years to come. Even if you think you are diligent about your dental care, there may still be some ways that you can improve. Continue reading to learn some helpful oral hygiene tips.
Always Brush Twice Daily
You know that you are supposed to be brushing your teeth twice daily, but many people still neglect to clean their teeth before going to bed. If you don’t brush in the evening, you leave bacteria and plaque behind which can lead to an increase in decay, gum disease, or even halitosis (bad breath). Remember to use proper technique, a soft-bristled toothbrush, and fluoridated toothpaste. Use gentle, circular motions for the most effective clean.
Floss Each Day
Lots of people who brush everyday neglect to take the time to floss. This is an issue because your toothbrush can’t reach all the surfaces in your mouth. Using floss helps to remove food debris and plaque from between the teeth and beneath the gumline, therefore preventing decay and inflammation of the gums.
There are three different things that mouthwash can do for your smile. It reduces the amount of acid in the mouth, cleans hard-to-reach areas, and remineralizes the teeth. This isn’t a substitute for regular brushing and flossing, but it can make an excellent addition to your regimen.
Drink Lots of Water
For pretty much every part of your body to function properly, you need to be well-hydrated. Your smile is no exception. Drink a glass of water after each meal to wash away food debris and harmful acids in the mouth. This is a great way to limit the damaging effects of acidic and sticky foods and beverages between brushes.
Watch Your Diet
Sugar converts to acid in the mouth, and this will erode your enamel can lead to cavities. Also be wary of acidic fruits, teas, and coffee. Incorporate plenty of crunchy fruits and vegetables in your diet as well. Apples, pears, carrots, and celery can all help to stimulate saliva production.
Now that we’re getting closer to the holiday season, it’s time to focus on your oral health! By using the tips listed above, you can keep your smile in good shape.
About the Author
Dr. Dana C. Jones is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for more than two decades. He earned his dental doctorate from the University of Buffalo School of Dental medicine and is committed to continuing education to keep his knowledge and skills sharp. He is also a graduate of the Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education and the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Ridgefield, visit his website or call (203) 438-8919.
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