Leslie Scott-Smith, dental hygienist | Oct 5, 2021
October is National Dental Hygiene Month! Oral health is important at every age. Did you know experts have discovered connections between oral health and systemic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and more? While cleanings twice per year are recommended, there are simple things you can do each day to improve your oral health.
Here are seven simple habits for good oral hygiene:
Brush at least twice daily. Bacteria from food you eat remains in your mouth, so brushing your teeth helps your mouth stay clean. If you snack regularly, you may want to brush more often.
Brush your tongue. When you brush your teeth, gently brush your tongue, too. Plaque and bacteria can also build up on your tongue.
Rinse with mouthwash. Using antimicrobial mouthwash after brushing can help kill more bacteria.
Floss regularly. It only takes a few minutes… and it can make a huge difference!
Limit sugary food. Sugar is a magnet for bad bacteria, which promotes plaque build up.
Avoid coffee and soda. If you drink these beverages often, rinse your mouth with water or use a straw to reduce contact with your teeth.
Chew sugar-free gum. If you chew gum, be sure to use a sugar-free option. Chewing gum can help clear away food and remove bacteria.
Practicing good oral hygiene will improve the odds of healthy teeth throughout your life. Now that’s a reason to smile!