Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month

  • Posted on: Nov 6 2014

Dental practices throughout the country are celebrating this month, as October is National Dental Health Hygiene Month (NDHM). This initiative aims to raise awareness of the importance of oral health and to promote maintenance of dental hygiene through good daily habits. This year, NDHM focuses on the four components of proper oral health–brushing twice daily, flossing once a day, rinsing with mouthwash and chewing sugar-free gum.

Brush

Brushing teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time is essential to maintaining oral health. According to NDHM, proper brushing is the most effective method to reduce plaque and prevent the development of cavities and gum disease. The best method for brushing is to use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and apply gentle pressure as you brush teeth in a circular motion.

Floss

Flossing is another important part of daily hygiene maintenance. Flossing loosens and removes food particles that become lodged in between teeth and cannot be reached by a toothbrush. If left alone, these particles collect bacteria and build up and turn into plaque, which can lead to tooth decay, infection and gum disease. Despite common belief, flossing should not cause gums to bleed. Though gums may bleed or feel sore when a person first starts a flossing routine, gums should become less sensitive and bleeding should stop.

For many people, flossing is a tough habit to maintain. Those looking to establish a regular flossing routine or have trouble remembering to floss might benefit from Text2Floss, a one-week interactive program that encourages people to floss every day by sending text messages.

Rinse

While brushing and flossing remove plaque and bacteria, teeth only account for less than half of the mouth overall. Rinsing daily with an anti-microbial mouthwash will remove bacteria that live on your tongue and in the rest of your mouth. It will also help to wash away any food particles dislodged during brushing and flossing. Though there are many brands and varieties of mouthwash to choose from, your dentist or dental hygienist can help you choose the one that works best for you.

Chew

Many people don’t consider chewing gum to be part of the dental care routine, however research shows that chewing sugarless gum following meals is a proven way to fight tooth decay. Sugar-free gum works by stimulating the overproduction of saliva, which works to neutralize the acids in the mouth, wash away food particles, and strengthen teeth.

Contact Concerned Dental Care To Learn More About Oral Hygiene

If you have any questions about maintaining oral hygiene, contact Concerned Dental Care today to schedule an appointment. We have nine locations and twelve affiliate locations throughout the New York metropolitan area including the Bronx, South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Midtown Manhattan, Yonkers, Farmingville, Hauppauge, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma. We look forward to serving you!

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