Written: October 2013
The American Dental Association recommends you visit your Dental Hygienist and Dentist for a cleaning and thorough oral exam twice a year. With October being National Dental Hygiene month, it’s a good reminder to make an appointment to have a regular check up and cleaning if it’s been 6 months or more since your last one. Your Dental Hygienist can inform you about oral conditions that can affect your mouth and even your overall health. Bacterial infections of the mouth can easily spread through the body and contribute to other health problems. Prevention is key to keeping your mouth feeling healthy. We like to keep our patients well informed on products and techniques to prevent future problems from happening. Our practice is always happy to answer any questions you might have at any time!
The American Dental Hygiene Association has joined with Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, the makers of Orbit gum, to raise awareness of keeping your mouth healthy. Their theme is “It’s simple. Healthy habits for a healthy smile”. There are four simple words for prevention and keeping your mouth healthy and happy!
Brush (2 minutes 2X a day)
- Brushing your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day remains a critical component to maintaining a healthy smile. Studies have shown that brushing for two minutes is perhaps the single most important step an individual can take to reduce plaque build-up and the risk of plaque-associated diseases, such as cavities and gingivitis.
- Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach – under the gumline and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.
Rinse (with mouthwash)
- Rinsing your mouth each day with an anti-microbial mouth rinse is another important step in preventing the gum disease known as gingivitis. Speak with your dental hygienist for more information on which mouth rinse is right for you.
Chew (sugar-free gum after eating)
- Chewing sugar-free gum after eating is clinically proven to be an important part of good oral health. It stimulates the most important natural defense against tooth decay – saliva – which, in turn helps fight cavities, neutralize plaque acids, remineralize enamel to strengthen teeth and wash away food particles.