The focus of National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM) is to bring awareness to the four components of good oral health maintenance:
Research shows that brushing for two minutes is the single most important method for reducing plaque and preventing cavities, gingivitis and other plaque-related diseases. Brushing for two minutes twice a day is crucial to maintaining a healthy smile. Check out these tips below on proper brushing techniques:
Daily flossing removes plaque and food particles that cannot be reached by a toothbrush, particularly under the gumline and between teeth. Failure to do so can allow for plaque buildup in these areas, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Use these instructions below to make sure you are flossing properly each day:
Rinsing your mouth with an antimicrobial mouth rinse each day is an important step in preventing gum disease. Brushing and flossing alone cannot eliminate all plaque and germs so finish your oral hygiene routine with an antiseptic mouthwash.
Chewing sugar-free gum after eating can help fight tooth decay! Chewing gum for twenty minutes after eating or drinking stimulates saliva production by ten times the normal rate. This neutralizes acids and can help repair early tooth decay.