October 10, 2018
Most people associate October with candy, sugary pumpkin-flavored treats, and other things that are horrible for teeth. But did you know that October is also National Dental Hygiene month? That makes it the perfect time to step back and evaluate how you’re taking care of your precious smile. Here are a few friendly tips on how to take your routine for dental hygiene in Plano to the next level.
Chat With Your Dental Hygienist
Did you know that most dental hygienists attend school for at least two years in order to become experts on oral hygiene? They’re a treasure trove of knowledge and can offer you personalized advice on how to take the best possible care of your smile at home. Next time you visit your dentist in Plano for a checkup, bring a list of all your questions about brushing, flossing, rinsing, and any other topic that relates to keeping a clean and healthy mouth. Your hygienist will be happy to share their insight with you!
Improve Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Here are a few suggestions that may help you improve your at-home oral hygiene routine:
- Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums, and always use gentle, short strokes.
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue and the backs of your teeth. You may also want to start using a tongue scraper.
- Floss every day. Keep in mind that dental pickers and water flossers tend to be slightly less effective than traditional string floss.
- Use an antibacterial mouth rinse to help clean the soft tissues in your mouth, such as the gums, lips, and cheeks.
Keeping a Clean Mouth Throughout the Day
Good oral hygiene shouldn’t be something that you only practice in the morning and evening. There are things you can do throughout your day that will help you maintain a clean and fresh mouth:
- Drink plenty of water. Water helps to rinse bacteria and food particles out of your mouth.
- Chew sugarless gum after meals. The chewing action promotes saliva production, which in turn helps to keep harmful bacteria away from your teeth.
- Be mindful of what and when you eat. Every time you indulge in a sugary treat, acid attacks your teeth. If you continually munch on candy or other goodies, you prolong the amount of time that your teeth are exposed to those acids.
- Keep a few oral hygiene supplies in your desk at work. They’re sure to come in handy after a flavorful lunch or after you eat a candy bar from the vending machine.
How clean is your mouth? Use the above tips to achieve a fresh smile and protect your teeth from plaque and decay.
About the Author
Dr. Christopher Pollard has been practicing dentistry for 30 years. He and the other members of our team enjoy coaching patients on how to practice good oral hygiene and prevent dental problems. If you would like to talk to Dr. Pollard or one of our hygienists about how you can take better care of your smile, contact our office at 972-423-0880.
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