October is an unofficial dental holiday established by the American Dental Hygienists Association. It’s Dental Hygiene Month!
The purpose of Dental Hygiene Month is to increase public awareness of oral health and to express appreciation for a clean mouth and the dental hygienists who keep it that way!
Dental Hygiene Daily 4
During the month of October, dental professionals communicate the importance of improving oral health through the “Daily 4” routine:
- Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day.
- Floss your teeth every day.
- Rinse with antimicrobial or therapeutic mouthwash.
- Chew sugar-free gum.
More Dental Hygiene Tips
Here are some tips from the American Dental Association on the Daily 4 routine:
- The ADA recommends brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day. Replace your toothbrush about every three months or when the bristles start to visibly wear out.
- Flossing. Daily flossing can clean in between teeth, removing food debris and plaque where toothbrushes cannot reach.
- Rinsing with mouthwash. Antimicrobial or therapeutic mouthwash can be a “helpful addition” to your daily routine. The right type of mouthwash can help clean your entire mouth and help prevent cavities.
- Chewing sugar-free gum. After meals, chew sugar-free gum or snack on celery to increase salvia to help remove food particles between your teeth and neutralize acids produced while you eat. These acids can wear away tooth enamel over time and can led to tooth decay. However, the ADA warns that you should avoid chewing gum if you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ.
Daily Dental Hygiene Is Key
It’s important to note that the Daily 4 dental hygiene routine is a daily regimen. In addition, a big part of achieving and maintaining oral health includes regular dental visits. Preventive dental visits do just that—help prevent oral health problems. Moreover, preventive dental visits allow for early detection of several different health problems and diseases, such as diabetes and oral cancer. Early detection means patients are more likely to receive earlier treatment and care.
So don’t underestimate the importance of good oral hygiene or health. Keeping your beautiful smile healthy is certainly worth seven to 10 minutes of your day and an annual trip or two to the dentist. Plus, some of the most basic dental insurance plans make obtaining preventive services affordable. This October get into the habit—the good habits of oral hygiene and commit to improving your oral health.
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