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Tips to Support Your Smile for National Dental Hygiene Month

October 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — aspenhill @ 3:57 am

People may be thinking about Halloween when October rolls around, but that’s only at the end of the month. Meanwhile, every day in October is part of National Dental Hygiene Month! When you have a plan, good oral hygiene doesn’t take that much effort and it makes an enormous difference in the long-term outlook of your smile. You may know brushing and flossing inside and out, but there’s more to it. Keep reading to learn some simple-yet-effective oral hygiene tips in Aspen Hill!  

Be Sure to Brush Twice Daily

Morning brushing is important, but before bedtime is crucial. Otherwise, you leave bacteria and plaque in your mouth all night to raise your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Use proper brushing technique – a gentle, circular motion – with a soft-bristled brush and fluoridated toothpaste.

Floss Daily

If you are brushing but not flossing, you’ve only half-finished the job. Your toothbrush cannot reach all surfaces of your teeth. Flossing removes food debris and plaque from between the teeth and beneath the gumline. Flossing before you brush at bedtime is ideal.

Rinse with Mouthwash

Mouthwash has multiple benefits. It reduces the acidity in your mouth, cleans hard-to-reach areas, and provides minerals to strengthen your tooth enamel. Mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing and flossing – it’s a key component of the process alongside them.

Drink Plenty of Water  

Drinking water is great for your overall health and it certainly aids your smile. Try drinking a glass of water after every meal to wash away food debris and acids. This reduces the ability of bacteria to weaken your enamel.

Make Wise Food Choices

Sugar is a problem for your teeth because it is converted to acid by bacteria in your mouth. Most people are aware it’s an oral health hazard, but also be aware of acidic fruits, teas, and coffee. Crunchy produce items like apples, pears, carrots, and celery are great to incorporate into your diet since they stimulate saliva production to neutralize harmful acids and wash away food particles.

Visit Your Dentist Twice Each Year

Even if you follow all the previous tips perfectly, your mouth still won’t be as clean as it could be if you see your dentist for a professional cleaning. They’ll remove plaque and tartar buildup, but they also investigate for any potential issues your teeth and gums might have like periodontal disease and oral cancer. Serious issues like those need to be identified as soon as possible to get you on the road to recovery.

To celebrate this month of recognition, be sure to step it up on any of these oral hygiene tips in Aspen Hill where you weren’t already excelling. If that includes a cleaning and exam from your dentist, they are just a phone call away!  

About the Author

Dr. Sara Saba earned her dental doctorate from the University of Maryland. Since then, she has enjoyed taking continuing education courses to expand her knowledge of treatments like FastBraces®, Invisalign®, and Botox®/dermal fillers. She loves dentistry because it provides the opportunity to work with her hands and help other people directly. If you need a checkup and cleaning, she is ready to help patients of all ages in a fun-and-relaxing environment utilizing the latest technology. Schedule an appointment on her website or call (301) 871-6660.

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