Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month? With oral health and general wellness closely connected, a clean mouth is important. Keeping your mouth clean will promote healthy teeth and gums. Here are 4 dental hygiene tips to support your beautiful smile.
1. Brush After Every Meal
Your toothbrush is your first line of defense against preventable dental issues, like cavities. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice per day, but it’s best to use your toothbrush after every meal.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth for 2 minutes every time you brush. Clean all surfaces of your teeth and don’t forget to brush your tongue.
2. Floss Every Day
Cavities aren’t the only threat to your dental health. At least 50% of adults over the age of 30 have a form of gum disease. Plaque and tartar buildup harbors bacteria that can infect your gums. It can destroy the supporting structure of your teeth, leading to tooth loss. Gum disease is also connected to various health problems, like heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
Although your toothbrush is effective, it can’t reach everywhere in your mouth. Flossing is the only way to remove buildup missed by brushing. Use high-quality floss to clean between your teeth daily.
3. Limit Sugars and Starches
Sugars and starches feed cavity-causing bacteria. They create an acidic plaque that can erode your enamel. Once your enamel is lost, it won’t grow back.
With 92% of adults experiencing tooth decay, it’s best to limit sweet treats and starches. If you can’t resist your sweet tooth, brush your teeth after you finish your snack.
4. Schedule a Cleaning and Checkup
Good oral hygiene at home is essential, but you also need to see your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. They will clean and polish your teeth to keep them looking their best. Your dentist will monitor your oral health to look for anything concerning while it is still small, like enamel loss or gum inflammation.
Preventive dentistry stops common oral health problems from occurring in the first place to support the mouth and body connection. You can reach optimal oral health with a good dental hygiene routine. Your pearly whites can last for a lifetime while ensuring you always feel your best.
About Dr. Monil Mehta
Dr. Mehta is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and has pursued continuing education in various specialties, including dental implants, sleep apnea therapy, and biomimetic restorative dentistry. As a member of the American Dental Association and many other professional organizations, he has a reputation and qualifications you can trust. Request an appointment through his website or call (952) 900-4107.