October is National Dental Hygiene Month! At Access Dental, we are dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of good dental hygiene habits for a healthy mouth. Getting regular dental care is important to preventing dental disease! Poor dental hygiene habits lead to tooth decay and gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis) which can significantly affect your overall health and well-being.
Effective dental hygiene habits should include:
● brushing teeth twice daily ● flossing every day
● rinsing with mouthwash ● regular visits to your dentist
Brush two minutes, two times a day, every day
Brushing for two minutes is the single most important method for reducing plaque and preventing cavities, gingivitis and other plaque-related diseases. Proper brushing technique cleans teeth and gums effectively. Be sure to use a toothbrush that has soft rounded-end bristles, and replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. To help you save money, we give all of our patients a brand new toothbrush after every exam and cleaning appointment!
Floss at least once a day, every day
Did you know that if you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 1/3 of your teeth surfaces? Daily flossing removes plaque and food particles that can’t be reached by a toothbrush like under the gumline and between teeth. This is important to help prevent plaque buildup. There are many types and flavors of floss – and all are effective at removing plaque and debris when used correctly. If you wonder whether you’re flossing properly, talk to our dentists. We’re always happy to demonstrate.
Use mouthwash to improve oral health
Rinsing your mouth with an anti-microbial mouth rinse each day is another important step you can take to prevent gum disease. Remember that the teeth themselves account for less than half of your mouth, so brushing and flossing alone cannot eliminate all plaque and germs. Be sure to finish your oral care routine with an antiseptic mouthwash. Not all mouthwashes are created equal so talk to our dentist to find one that is right for you.
Visit our dentists regularly
Finally, regular dental visits are important! Although you may clean your teeth daily at home, harmful bacteria grow in your mouth, which can only be removed by a dental care professional. Gum disease is caused by this bacteria and can significantly affect your overall health and well-being. Gum disease has been correlated with heart disease, diabetes, pneumoia and other health issues. If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, it’s even more important for you to visit our dentist.
If you don’t have your next exam and cleaning appointment scheduled, call us at (888) 365-6531 to schedule it now!