It’s almost October which means that National Dental Hygiene Month is coming up pretty soon. By being aware and committing to your oral hygiene routine, you can keep your smile healthy for many years to come. Even if you are the most adamant brusher and flosser in the world, there are still ways to improve your oral hygiene routine. Continue reading to learn some tips to keep your smile in good shape!
Always Brush Twice a Day
You know that you’re supposed to be brushing your teeth twice every day, but many people still neglect to clean their teeth before going to bed. If you aren’t brushing, you’re leaving plenty of bacteria and plaque in your mouth which can lead to increased decay, gum disease, and halitosis. Remember to use proper technique. With a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, use gentle, circular motions for the most effective clean.
Floss Every Day
Many people out there who brush everyday neglect to take the time to floss. This is an issue because your toothbrush cannot reach all of the surfaces of your teeth. Using floss helps to remove food debris and plaque from between the teeth and beneath the gumline, therefore preventing decay and inflammation of the gums.
Mouthwash can help your smile in three different ways. It reduces the amount of acid in the mouth, cleans hard to reach areas, and remineralizes the teeth. This is not a substitute for regular brushing and flossing but can make a great addition to your regimen.
Drink Plenty of Water
Water is necessary for your whole body, including your smile. Try drinking a glass of water after every meal in order to wash away food debris and harmful acids in the mouth. This is a great way to limit the harmful effects of acidic and sticky foods and beverages between brushes.
Be Careful of What You Eat
Sugar converts into acid in the mouth which erodes your enamel and can lead to cavities. Also be careful about acidic fruits, teas, and coffee. Be sure that you include crunchy fruits and vegetables in your diet as well. Apples, pears, carrots, and celery can all help to stimulate saliva production in the mouth which will neutralize harmful acids and wash away food particles.
See Your Dentist
Even if you are the most adamant brusher in the world, there are still going to be areas in your mouth that you miss. By going in for regular cleanings and checkups, you will have plaque and tartar buildups removed. Your dentist will also check for existing decay and signs of other oral health issues like periodontal disease and oral cancer.
As October is approaching, you shouldn’t neglect your oral health. By using the tips listed above, you can keep your smile healthy throughout the spooky season.
About the Author
Dr. Navkiran Dhillon earned her Bachelor of Dental Surgery in India before pursing her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Boston University, where she graduated with High Honors, top of her class, and on the Dean’s List! Currently, she is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and Massachusetts District Dental Society. For more information or to schedule an appointment at her office in Ware, visit her website or call (413) 300-6048.