Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month with these tips for keeping your smile healthy and bright
October may be recognized as National Dental Hygiene Month, but dental hygiene should be recognized and practiced daily to maintain healthy gums and teeth, fresh breath and a beautiful smile.
Many serious teeth problems can be prevented by following simple but consistent oral hygiene. Here are a few tips for keeping your smile healthy and bright:
- Brush your teeth twice daily using a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
- Use dental floss every day to clean between your teeth where toothbrushes can’t reach
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet and avoid sugar-laden foods and beverages.
- Quit smoking and stay away from tobacco products like chewing tobacco which can wreak havoc on your gums.
- Visit a dentist every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning.
It is important to practice home oral care daily if you want to avoid the need for extensive dental intervention in the future. For more information from the American Dental Association on the best practices for home oral care, visit their website at ADA.org/homecare.
Establishing healthy oral care habits starts early. Parents should begin gently cleaning their children’s teeth as soon as they emerge. Check with your dental professional for advice on how and when to begin using a toothbrush on your child. Even young children should be encouraged to practice daily care of their teeth, and parents and older siblings can be their best role model. Let young children see you brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and make it part of your daily routine.
As children get older, they can take on more of the responsibility but should be supervised by a parent. Part of helping your child to achieve great oral health that lasts a lifetime is monitoring the development of their teeth and the possible need for orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists suggests scheduling a dental evaluation by the age of 7, or sooner if there are any as signs of orthodontic problems.
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