October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and in light of this fact, we would like to take the opportunity to remind our patients why it is so important to practice good oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth at least twice each day and flossing once daily helps prevent the accumulation of dental plaque, thereby reducing the amount of harmful bacteria and pathogens in your mouth. Keeping your teeth clean prevents tooth decay, gum disease, and it also reduces the chances of developing bad breath. Furthermore, by practicing good oral hygiene you are also reducing the risk of harmful pathogens entering the rest of your body. Don’t forget to visit your dentist at least every six months for an exam and cleaning, and remember to follow the home health tips below:

  • Brush every morning and night for at least two minutes each time
  • Floss each night (ideally before brushing)
  • Use a Waterpik as needed or if recommended by your dentist
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue
  • Avoid eating refined sugars