With Halloween approaching, dental hygiene may be the last thing you are thinking of. You may find it ironic that October (the month known for excessive candy consumption) is Dental Hygiene Month, but October is a great time to re-evaluate your dental routine.
Many oral health problems can be prevented if you maintain a proper oral hygiene routine. Our team at Greater Philadelphia Oral Surgery cares about your smile, and we want your teeth to stay healthy and strong through this Halloween and beyond. To help you preserve your beautiful smile, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to revamp your dental routine this month.
Fit Flossing into Your Schedule
Everyone knows that flossing is important, but many people forget to floss daily. If you often forget to floss, try keeping some floss with you at all times. Instead of putting it off until you get home, you’ll be able to floss right after lunch or on a break at work. While it is recommended that most people floss at night, you’re better off flossing during the day than not at all!
Check Your Technique
Flossing and brushing are great ways to prevent cavities and other oral health problems, but proper form is crucial to good oral hygiene. Many people who brush and floss regularly can still develop cavities and other oral health problems. While genetics and other factors can cause such problems, often poor flossing and brushing techniques are the culprits.
Brushing: When you brush, make sure you brush for a full two minutes, paying equal attention to all four quadrants. Use a timer to make sure you aren’t rushing your brushing. Some electric toothbrushes even have built in timers that buzz after two minutes is up. Also, make sure you are using a soft-bristled brush and don’t apply so much pressure that the bristles are flattened against the teeth. Two minutes of proper brushing twice a day is all you need!
Flossing: When flossing, use a gentle rubbing motion to guide the floss between your teeth. Don’t just bring the floss straight up and down between the teeth. Instead, slightly curve the floss around the tooth with light pressure. Then, scrape the edge of the tooth using small up and down motions, moving from the gum line down. Repeat for all teeth, including the back side of your last tooth.
Continue Getting Regular Dental Checkups
Many problems requiring tooth extraction or dental implant restoration could have been prevented if they were caught earlier. Some dental problems don’t have many symptoms early on. Regular dental checkups ensure that you catch any problems while there is still a chance to save your natural tooth.
If your smile has suffered because of poor dental hygiene, traumatic facial injuries, or other reasons, call our office to learn more about our tooth restoration options, like dental implants, and to schedule a consultation. Thanks for reading our tips, and we hope you have a happy Dental Hygiene Month!