October is National Dental Hygiene Month and at the office of Dr. Bruce Silva, we are showcasing our Dental Hygienist pride this month and every day! This is an important campaign for dental professionals all around the nation because each year there is a different goal to attain. This year, the American Dental Association is focusing on four components of good oral health practices and maintenance.
The four components are:
- Brush twice a day. Brush for two minutes with a soft-bristled brush for the best results. Be gentle on your teeth and gums as you stroke your teeth and don’t forget to brush the inner surfaces of the teeth. And lastly, brush your tongue to keep your breath fresh and remove plaque.
- Floss regularly. We recommend cleaning between your teeth at least once a day if you’re unable to do it after every meal.
- Rinse with mouthwash. There are many benefits to rinsing out your mouth. They include eliminating biofilm and bacteria and reducing your chances of tooth decay and infection.
- Chew sugar-free gum after meals. If you’re an avid gum chewer, consider switching to a sugar-less brand and chewing for 20 minutes following meals. This will help prevent tooth decay by washing away food and debris with your saliva and reducing acids in the mouth.
Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month with us all month and every day! Maintaining good oral health begins with a conversation. Visit Dr. Silva today to discuss these oral health practices in detail and then go home and share the information with your children. Keep your mouth and teeth clean year-round and schedule an appointment for a dental checkup today!
October is also National Children’s Dental Health Month. Visit the ADA site HERE to find out additional information on oral health care for your children.