Like most people, you likely think October’s only claim-to-fame is Halloween. After all, many spend the month focused on spooky decorations, scary costumes, and huge bundles of candy. However, October is also National Dental Hygiene Month! In other words, it’s a time to celebrate the importance of good oral health. In that spirit, your dentist in Dublin has a few suggestions. Here are four dental hygiene tips that’ll make this National Dental Hygiene Month your best yet!
Brush Your Teeth Properly
Even if you brush your teeth twice daily, your brushing method is equally important. In fact, the wrong approach can harm teeth almost as much as not brushing at all!
Given these facts, remember to brush your teeth properly in the future. More specifically, make sure to move your toothbrush in gentle, circular movements to remove plaque. If you don’t, you’ll probably suffer from plaque buildup or even gum disease.
Value Your Flossing Habit
While it might seem like string wouldn’t help, flossing is key to having good teeth. It removes food debris from your mouth, stimulates your gums, reduces plaque, and lowers inflammation.
Therefore, always try to floss your teeth once daily. If necessary, substitute regular floss for dental flossers that make things easier.
Consider Using Mouthwash
Plenty of people know about mouthwash, but some don’t use it because they don’t see how it works. That’s a real shame, as fluoridated mouthwash can strengthen tooth enamel and clean hard-to-reach areas around your gums.
If you want to turbo-charge your oral hygiene, then consider adding mouthwash to your daily routine. Ask your local dentist for specific brand suggestions.
See Your Dentist Twice a Year (or more)
While home dental care is crucial, even the most diligent brushers need to see their dentist every so often. Doing so ensures a professional can diagnose, treat, and prevent serious oral problems. Therefore, it’d be a good idea to see your dentist for checkups and cleanings about twice a year — especially if you have a history of dental issues!
As you can see, October should include more than just Halloween prep. Try adding the tips above to your daily so you can honor it as National Dental Hygiene Month!
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck is a dentist based in Dublin, OH, having earned his DDS from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. As such, his specialties include preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, not to mention emergency care. Today, he stays informed on dental knowledge through his memberships in the American Dental Association and the Ohio Dental Association. Dr. Buck currently practices at Distinctive Smiles and is reachable on his website or by phone at (614)-792-1800.