National Dental Hygiene Month

Next week begins October, a time of changing leaves, cooler temperatures, pumpkins, and dental hygiene. That’s right, October is National Dental Hygiene Month. And amidst all the pumpkin spice lattes, be sure to keep your teeth and gums healthy!

American Dental Hygienists Association

The ADHA was founded in 1923 and represents over 185,000 registered dental hygienists in the United States. During the month of October, we focus on these pillars of dental health support. Take pride in your dental hygiene and thank dental hygienists for their hard work!

Why do we want you to take pride in dental hygiene?

First and foremost, we want you to be healthy. Healthy teeth and gums contribute to your overall health. However, we also know that a healthy smile makes people feel good. You’ll smile your brightest when you are confident in your smile.

Dental hygienist help clean your mouth, removing plaque and bacteria so your breath is fresh. Keeping your mouth clean in between visits prolongs this.

How to Keep Up with Dental Hygiene at Home

Keeping your mouth healthy at home is easier than you might think. Of course, you’ll want to brush your teeth, but there are some guidelines to effective brushing.

First, you want to brush your teeth twice per day for about two minutes each time. It’s best to brush after meals whenever possible. Keep the brush at a 45° angle and make small circles, moving across the teeth. Brush along the tops of the crowns and on the inside too.

Next, use floss to loosen and remove food particles stuck between teeth. If you’re not fond of flossing, there are other items to help clean between teeth.

Lastly, use a mouth rinse to kill germs and protect fresh breath. Be sure to swish it all around your mouth!

By following these steps every day, you’ll protect your teeth and gums from bacteria. Your return visits for checkups will go smoother and you’ll feel better and your smile will beam with confidence.