Everyone loves a clean mouth, and keeping your mouth fresh and clean on a regular basis is worth celebrating! In fact, we think it’s worth celebrating not just for a day, but for an entire month; hence, the recognition of the month of October as National Dental Hygiene Month. Since 2009 October has been dedicated to promoting healthy mouths all across the country, and celebrating the hard work your favorite dental hygienist does to keep your pearly whites squeaky clean.
How Do You Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month?
No one likes a dirty mouth, especially when it’s your own. Keeping your oral health in check is a great way to keep bacteria at bay. Without proper dental hygiene, you put yourself at risk of developing problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. There is nothing like the feeling of teeth that have been professionally cleaned by your dental hygienist.
With over 200,000 dental hygienists in the United States, this holiday is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the work that these wonderful people do to keep our mouths happy and healthy.
Routine Dental Exams
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you see your dentist twice a year. As your “hometown family” dentist, Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS, along with her highly qualified team of experienced professionals care about you and your dental needs and will provide you with an individualized treatment plan designed to address your unique needs. This includes a thorough dental examination and professional cleaning to remove any plaque buildup before you develop cavities or other dental problems. That fresh clean feeling you get after having your teeth cleaned is unlike anything else you can experience, but how do you maintain that feeling for 6 months?
Daily Maintenance is the Key to a Clean Fresh Mouth
Brush, Brush, Brush Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush twice a day for two minutes each time is the first step. Brushing rids your mouth of food and debris left behind after eating and helps reduce the chances that you will develop gum disease. If you make brushing a part of your morning and nighttime routine, you’re on your way to a cleaner mouth. Brush thoroughly and carefully using an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste for the best results.
Floss After Brushing
Flossing is something you should do every day, according to the ADA. There are particles of food that brushing just can’t take care of, and that’s where flossing comes in. Flossing also reduces and removes plaque between the teeth, promoting an overall healthier mouth. Many prefer to floss at night to prevent food and debris from remaining in the crevices of your teeth overnight.
Rinse With Mouthwash
If you’re not rinsing with mouthwash as the third step of your daily oral routine, you’re not quite finishing the job. Dental hygienists recommend that you make rinsing with mouthwash a regular occurrence after you brush and floss. Mouthwash is an antimicrobial rinse that will help eliminate bacteria in your mouth and will keep your breath fresh and clean.
Located in Parker, Dr. Evanson also provides dental treatment for the whole family and serves the surrounding communities of Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Castle Rock and Lone Tree. Call (720) 409-0008 or contact us online to make an appointment.
Your daily oral home care routine is the best thing you can personally do to keep your mouth clean and free from bacteria every single day! In addition to your personal efforts, make sure to have regular dental checkups and professional cleanings every 6 months so you can celebrate dental hygiene year-round!Leave a reply →