In October, most of us are thinking about Halloween, not our nightly dental routines. While it may seem strange that the month known for Halloween candy and pumpkin pie is Dental Hygiene Month, there’s never a bad time to improve your dental hygiene habits.
Regular dental hygiene can prevent many of the oral health problems we come across at Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center of Panama City. We want your teeth to stay beautiful and intact for a long time, so in honor of Dental Hygiene Month, we’ve created a list of oral hygiene tips to improve your oral health.
Remember to Floss
No matter how many times dental professionals remind patients, people still forget to floss every day. Try keeping floss or floss picks in your car or purse. If you have floss handy, you’ll be able to floss whenever you remember, maybe on a lunch break or right after work before you head home. Even though most dental professionals think it’s best to floss before bed, flossing at any time of day is better than not at all!
Use Good Technique When Flossing or Brushing
Making sure you floss and brush correctly can drastically improve your oral health by preventing cavities and other oral health problems. Genetics can also affect your likelihood to get cavities or other problems, but rushed brushing and flossing can give you a false sense of security and contribute greatly to tooth damage.
For Brushing: Always brush for a full two minutes, and go over every part of your teeth, including the far back of the mouth and the inner sides of the teeth. To ensure that you aren’t rushing, pace yourself with some kind of timer. Many electric toothbrushes have a timer attached to alert you after it has been two minutes. Try not to over brush, which can damage gums, by using a soft-bristled brush with medium to light pressure (the bristles should not be dramatically bent). These simple changes can make your mouth feel so much cleaner!
For Flossing: Instead of snapping the floss into your gums, slowly guide the floss into place, then apply pressure to the floss up against the edge of your tooth. Use tiny up and down movements to scrape any debris off the inside edges of the teeth. Go from the gum line to the biting edge of the tooth. Try to use a clean portion of floss for each tooth, and don’t forget the back side of the last tooth.
Get Regular Dental Checkups
Lots of oral health problems go unnoticed for years without regular dental checkups, because some issues have no significant symptoms until it is too late. Some of the tooth extractions and lost teeth we see could have been prevented if the problem was caught sooner. See your dentist every six months to prevent unnecessary complications later on.
We hope these tips can help you out, and have a great Dental Hygiene Month! Call our office to hear more about tooth restoration options such as dental implants or to schedule a consultation if your teeth have been damaged because of poor dental hygiene, facial injuries, or other issues.