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Start October Right With National Dental Hygiene Month

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Who doesn’t love a good holiday! That is one reason why October is so popular in the first place. People love celebrating Halloween and enjoying the cool weather. That said, there is actually another event that takes place during October that people should be celebrating. This event is National Dental Hygiene Month.

In short, National Dental Hygiene Month is all about getting people just like you to take their dental hygiene seriously. Unfortunately, gum disease and other diseases of the mouth are on the rise. The main reason is because people don’t do enough in their daily oral care routines to keep these problems at bay.

Thankfully, you don’t have to become another statistic. You can use the knowledge that you learn from this event to lessen your chances of falling victim to tooth decay or gum disease. Combine what you learn here with visiting your Baltimore dentist regularly, and you can be well on your way to having a happy and healthy mouth.

How to Improve Your Dental Care Routine

Let’s face it: there is probably more that we could all do to improve our dental health. Some people aren’t even aware that they aren’t doing enough. Thankfully, National Dental Hygiene Month is all about spreading awareness and teaching people how they can improve their dental health. Let’s take a moment to discuss the things that you should include in your daily dental care routine.

1. Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day

The first step you should take to improve the health of your mouth is brush your teeth twice a day. You can take this tip to the next level if you brush after each time you eat. However, some people simply don’t have the time or the ability to brush that often. Thus, make it your goal to at least brush your teeth twice a day.

While you are brushing your teeth, make sure that you are brushing them for a full two minutes. This gives you enough time to thoroughly clean every surface of your mouth. Be sure that you spend an equal amount of time on each section of your mouth too. A good rule of thumb is to divide your teeth into four sections. Then, brush each section of your teeth for 30 seconds.

If you are having trouble keeping up with how long you are brushing your teeth, invest in a mechanical toothbrush. Most of these have built-in timers that let you know when you have brushed for two minutes. Some even let you know when you have brushed for 30 seconds so that you can move onto a new section of your mouth.

2. Floss Every Day

Next, you need to make sure that you are flossing your teeth every day. This goes a long way in improving the health of your mouth. When you floss, you are promoting healthy gums in two major ways.

Firstly, it promotes good blood flow to your gums. Secondly, it removes plaque and food particles that get stuck between your teeth. Brushing alone simply can’t clean the areas between your teeth very well.

When you floss, don’t worry about which kind of floss you are using. Dentists agree that it doesn’t really matter if you use string floss or a water flosser. The main thing is to make sure that you floss every day to promote healthy gums.

3. Incorporate Mouth Rinse

Another good idea to improve your oral care routine is to start using mouth rinse. There are many to choose from, but the two best ones to start with are mouthwash and fluoride. These are two rinses that you can use at two different types of the day to improve the health of your mouth.

In the morning, start the day by using mouthwash. Along with freshening your breath, it kills germs and bacteria. These germs not only cause bad breath but can also lead to the development of gum disease. By simply using mouthwash once a day, you can lower your risk of getting gum disease.

At night, try to use a fluoride rinse before going to bed. This should be done after brushing your teeth. Fluoride, which is a naturally occurring mineral, helps to strengthen your teeth. The stronger that your teeth are, the less likely that you are to get cavities or suffer from tooth decay.

4. Chew on Sugar-Free Gum

This next tip can help you when you eat out but don’t have access to a toothbrush. Once you are done with your meal, chew on some sugar-free gum. This type of gum helps you clean your mouth in two ways.

Firstly, chewing the gum helps to break up food particles in your mouth. Secondly, it helps you to produce saliva, which washes away these food particles. It should also be noted that saliva contains minerals that strengthen your teeth.

After your next meal, pop in a piece of sugar-free gum and chew it for 20 minutes. If you want to make double sure that you are chewing gum that is good for your teeth, look for the American Dental Association’s logo on the package. Typically, it is found on the back.

Don’t Forget to Give Thanks

There is another aspect to National Dental Hygiene Month that you should know. While the main goal of this national event is to raise awareness about the importance of dental hygiene, it’s also about giving thanks to the dental hygienists who work hard to keep your mouth clean for you.

There are roughly 200,000 dental hygienists in the United States, and they have to go to school for many years to learn their trade. Their goal is to help you keep a healthy smile. The next time that you see your dental hygienists, make sure that you give them a big thank you for all of the work that they do.

Let’s Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month Together

Caring for your teeth at home will only get you so far. You also have to come see your local Baltimore dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and dental exams. If you are looking for a dentist, give us a call. We have some of the best dental hygienists in the state. Reach out to us today so that we can help you set up an appointment.

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