Simple Tips and Tricks for Dental Hygiene Month
Posted on October 10, 2016 by Kochevar Endo
Happy October! We’re glad the temperature’s have cooled off and we’re ready for some Fall (even though it’s not very long in Utah). Did you know October is also National Dental Hygiene Month? Well, it is, and we’ve got just the tips for you, just like you’d get from your dental hygienist.
Brushing Those Pearly Whites
We wouldn’t be in business without teeth, and neither would you, frankly. You’ve got to keep up on the brushing no matter what. This isn’t news to you, and we get that, but he’s a few reminders for your morning and evening brush.
- Brush twice a day (don’t over brush)
- Brush at a 45 degree angle against the gums
- Use the tip of the brush to clean between teeth, using up and down motions
- Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and improve breath freshness
The dreaded flossing. Why isn’t brushing twice a day good enough? Flossing removes small particles stuck between teeth and near the gum line where the tooth meets the gum. Brushing can only do so much. Just how important is flossing? According to the Association of General Dentistry, flossing is the single most important weapon to fight plaque.
- Take about 18 inches of floss and wind it around the middle fingers of each hand
- Slide the floss gently between each tooth with a rubbing motion
- When you reach the gum, form the floss into a “C” shape around the edge of the tooth
- Bring the floss gently back up the other side
Help Your Kids
It’s sometimes very hard for small children to remember to brush their teeth or to brush correctly. A few quick ideas to help them brush before bed, include:
- Create a chart of activities before bed that includes brushing & flossing. Include on the list picking up toys and putting on pajamas; make it fun and offer rewards for good brushing.
- Visit a pediatric dentist. Not only is it a great (and advised) idea to visit a pediatric dentist, these offices often offer small prizes and gifts during dental visits to help kids feel comfortable and excited about oral health. We wish these types of offices were around when we were kids.
- Let the kids choose their tools! It’s easier for a child to take ownership of his or her oral health when they get to pick out their toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss.
Better Tooth Care, Better Oral Health
Take care of your teeth. Neglecting them can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, gingivitis, and various other problems. Root infection is just one of the many issues we deal with in our office on a daily basis. While no solution exists to preventing root canal issues, taking the necessary steps can greatly reduce the odds of dental issues down the road. Share this with family and friends and remember that overall health begins in the mouth.