October is Dental Hygiene month!
What better way to celebrate than to update your dental hygiene routine. These five tips will get you started on caring for your teeth – after all, you’ll have them all of your life. It’s best to take good care of them!
It’s best to brush two times a day with your brush at a 45-degree angle pointed toward your gums. Soft circular brushing motions should be used. Careful not to brush too hard or you’ll risk erosion of your gum line.
Limit Alcohol Consumption and Stop Use of Tobacco Products
Tobacco use is directly related to periodontal disease and oral cancer, in addition to bad breath, teeth stains, loss of taste, and more. Avoiding use of tobacco related products has a direct correlation with your oral health in particular. Alcohol consumption can also be a dangerous habit. Heavy drinkers are at a higher risk for gum disease, tooth decay, mouth sores, and even oral cancer. Though, the most common affects of alcohol consumption on teeth are plaque build-up and stains on the teeth.
Use American Dental Associational Sealed Products
The ADA will provide its Seal of Acceptance on a product only if scientific evidence is provided that reflects both safety and efficacy. When you purchase a product with the ADA seal you should feel safe and confident as you know it is from a tested and reputable source.
Eat a teeth-friendly diet
Your teeth appreciate a good diet just as much as the rest of your body does. Chicken, fruits, vegetables, cheese and nuts are all teeth-friendly foods. Sweets and sugars should be limited as they not only lead to decay but also put you at risk of breaking a tooth.
Change your toothbrush
Your toothbrush should be changed 3-4 times a year. The bristles of your brush deteriorate over time and with continued use. For an effective clean opt to change your brush with the seasons! The equinoxes and solstices are great reminders for change.
You should also plan to visit the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Your teeth should be cleaned professionally twice a year. MVHS’s Dental Health Center has a dual purpose as it serves both the dental needs of the community while also helping to educate and practice dental care for our resident dentists.