October is here! You may first think of the cooler weather and Halloween celebrations, but don’t forget that this autumn month is also National Dental Hygiene Month. By being aware and committing to your oral hygiene routine, you can keep your smile healthy for many years to come. Even if you think you are diligent about your dental care, there may still be some ways that you can improve. Continue reading to learn some helpful oral hygiene tips.
Always Brush Twice Daily
You know that you are supposed to be brushing your teeth twice daily, but many people still neglect to clean their teeth before going to bed. If you don’t brush in the evening, you leave bacteria and plaque behind which can lead to an increase in decay, gum disease, or even halitosis (bad breath). Remember to use proper technique, a soft-bristled toothbrush, and a fluoridated toothpaste. Use gentle, circular motions for the most effective clean.
Floss Each Day
Lots of people who brush everyday neglect to take the time to floss. This is an issue because your toothbrush can’t reach all the surfaces in your mouth. 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.
There are three different things that mouthwash can do for your smile. It reduces the amount of acid in the mouth, cleans hard-to-reach-areas, and remineralizes the teeth. This isn’t a substitute for regular brushing and flossing, but it can make an excellent addition to your regimen.
Drink Lots of Water
For pretty much every part of your body to function properly, you need to be well hydrated. Your smile is no exception. Drink a glass of water after each meal to wash away food debris and harmful acids in the mouth. This is a great way to limit the damaging effects of acidic and sticky foods and beverages between brushes.
Watch Your Diet
Sugar converts to acid in the mouth, and this will erode your enamel can lead to cavities. Also be wary of acidic fruits, teas, and coffee. Incorporate plenty of crunchy fruits and vegetables in your diet as well. Apples, pears, carrots, and celery can all help to stimulate saliva production.
Now that the spooky season is here, don’t neglect your oral health. Use the tips listed above to keep your smile in optimal health as the holidays approach!
About the Author
Dr. Cody Calderwood is an experienced dentist who has been practicing for over a decade. He earned his dental doctorate from the University of Maryland and continues to make sure he is up to date with modern dental techniques and technology. He served as president of the Utah Dental Association in 2018 and is currently fellow in the International Congress of Dental lmplantologists, Academy of General Dentistry, and is an active representative in the Utah and American Dental Association. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Park City, visit his website or call (435) 649-4343.