For most, October is synonymous with Halloween. It’s viewed as a time to focus on candy, desserts, and other tooth-rotting treats. Excluding the 31st, though, October should be geared towards oral health – it happens to be Dental Hygiene Month! In other words, this is a time to reflect on how you care for your teeth and gums. Fortunately, your Tyler dentist will help you out. Read on, then, to learn three great oral care habits for Dental Hygiene Month.
Twice-Daily, Two-Minute Brushing
As you likely already know, you should brush your teeth. Still, there’s a good chance you don’t follow the practice well. You’d get more out of it with the right steps.
In the future, try to rely on the proper brushing technique. This method’s first step is to position your toothbrush, tilting its head at a 45-degree angle. Next, move the brush head back and forth gently. You should then ensure the brush covers all your mouth surfaces. For the last step, make sure to brush your tongue as well.
By doing the above twice daily for two minutes, your smile will be healthier and shinier.
Once-Daily, Thorough Flossing
Of course, a toothbrush can only remove so much plaque and bacteria. You’d thus do well to floss at least once daily. That way, you’ll preserve your oral health and prevent future dental issues.
To floss correctly, there are specific actions you should take. These are:
- Break off 18-24 inches of dental floss. Wind most of the floss around both of your middle fingers to hold it correctly.
- Hold the floss taut with your thumbs and index finger.
- Place the floss in between each of your teeth. Once you have, gently slide it up and down.
- When the floss reaches your gums, curve it at the tooth’s base to form a C shape.
Regular Mouth Rinsing
To complete your oral care routine, you’ll need more than brushing and flossing. Regular mouth rinses should also be a part of it.
If possible, use a fluoridated mouthwash from your local supermarket. Rinsing with this product will both remove bacteria and strengthen your tooth enamel. That way, your oral cavity will be cleaner than ever! In particular, you’ll face a lower risk of gum disease and have fresher breath.
Halloween is close at hand, but it’s currently Dental Hygiene Month. So, adopt the three oral care habits above – they’ll ensure your smile is ready for the 31st!
About the Practice
Stansbury Dental is based in Tyler, TX. Led by Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury, our practice seeks to give each patient the best possible dentistry. To that end, we offer preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services, as well as emergency oral treatments. Whether you need a dental checkup or a dental implant, our team can meet your needs! For more details or to book a visit, you can reach us on our website or by phone at (903)-561-1122.