National Dental Hygiene Month (October): This October marks the seventh annual National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM), an annual celebration sponsored by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP).
NDHM commemorates the hard work of dental hygienists while also spreading the importance of oral health. This year’s theme is the “daily four,” reminding everyone to brush twice a day, floss daily, rinse with mouthwash, and chew sugar-free gum.
In celebration of NDHM, all of us here at Healtheo360 are putting on our best smile to spread the importance of oral health. Here are five ways to maintain good dental hygiene:
National Dental Hygiene Month- Tip #1: Brush, Brush, Brush!
Brushing your teeth is the first step in maintaining good oral health. It is also important to practice proper technique. Position your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle at the gum line, brushing back-and-forth in an up-and-down motion. Brush gently to avoid gum bleeding. Also, be sure to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Lastly, always brush twice a day: once in the morning and once at night.
National Dental Hygiene Month- Tip #2: Floss
Flossing helps remove food and bacteria that brushing and mouthwash can’t reach. While it may seem like a chore, flossing is an important part of keeping up with dental hygiene. It’s a good idea to floss after every meal, however aim for at least once a day to get in the habit.
National Dental Hygiene Month- Tip #3: Mouthwash
While mouthwash is not as important as brushing and flossing, it can help maintain oral health. Listerine and products that contain chlorine dioxide are especially effective at killing bacteria and fighting off bad breath. You should use mouthwash twice a day, directly after brushing your teeth.
National Dental Hygiene Month- Tip #4: Avoid Tobacco
Tobacco products are extremely harmful to both your teeth and gums. Chewing tobacco and cigarettes can also cause cancer and periodontal problems. It is recommended to avoid tobacco products altogether, as it can cause long-term problems beyond oral health.
National Dental Hygiene Month- Tip #5: Visit the Dentist
It is recommended that everyone visit the dentist for a regular check up at least two times a year. Dentist provide extensive cleaning that cannot be achieved at home, while also taking X-rays to ensure you teeth and gums are in good shape.