Did you know that there are two national days in November set aside to reinforce the importance of good oral health? National Brush Day is on November 1st and National Flossing Day is on the day following Thanksgiving. It’s no accident that National Brush Day is the day after Halloween and National Flossing Day is the day after Thanksgiving. The holiday season means sugary treats, sweet drinks, and a lot of food. So, it’s more important than ever to take some time to refresh your memory on good oral health habits.
We learned how to brush and floss our teeth years ago, but you may be surprised to learn that you’re doing it wrong. The time it takes to properly brush your teeth is two minutes. Brushing regularly is important to your dental health but over-brushing can lead to receding gums and sensitive teeth. If you don’t brush long enough, you may not be getting your teeth as clean as you should.
There are four other tips to consider when brushing your teeth:
- Your toothbrush should be at a 45 degree angle along the gum line and push back and forth and repeat for each individual tooth.
- Do the same to the inside surface of your teeth.
- Brush the “top” of the tooth. This is the part of the tooth you chew with.
- Don’t skip on brushing your tongue to remove odor-causing bacteria.
Flossing is an important step in your dental health as it will remove bad breath and reduce plaque buildup, which leads to cavities and tooth decay. Flossing is a simpler task but in case you’ve forgotten how to floss, here are some informative tips:
- Pull enough floss to equal about 18 inches.
- Wrap the ends around your index fingers.
- Hold tightly and push and pull the floss against the side of each tooth.
Here are a few other dental care tips to follow on the regular:
- Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. First thing in the morning and before you go to bed are good times to brush your teeth.
- Floss every day before you go to bed.
- Limit your snack intake.
- Schedule a check-up with your dentist every six months.
Don’t let holiday foods ruin your healthy smile. Schedule a checkup with Dr. Bruce Silva today!