October is Dental Hygiene Month! We are taking this opportunity to help raise awareness on the importance of good oral health. Keeping a healthy mouth and smile during our lifetime not only reduces the need for extensive dental work as we age, but it also helps decrease the risk of developing more serious health conditions that are often associated with poor oral health.
It’s never too late to start taking proper care of your mouth! Here are a few steps you can take to maintain a healthy mouth and strong teeth!
Brushing and flossing
We all know that we must brush at least twice a day and floss once a day, but there are things you can do get the most out of each brush and floss!
Consider using mouthwash
Using a mouthwash that contains fluoride also helps promote oral health, allowing it to clean hard to reach areas in and around the gums. Additionally, it reduces the amount of acid in the mouth, protecting your teeth from cavities.
Limit sugary and acidic foods
Sugary and acidic food wear down the enamel of your teeth which can lead to cavities. Although it isn’t necessary to eliminate these foods/drinks altogether, it’s important to be mindful.
See your dentist twice a year
Although we do our best at home to keep our mouths healthy and clean, it’s important to have the pros take a look to make sure everything is as it should be! Visiting your dentist twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings helps spot cavities and potential issues early, preventing the need for more extensive and costly procedures.
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