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Celebrating October As The National Dental Hygiene Month

From autumn leaves and pumpkin lanterns, October marks the beginning of the holiday seasons. Here at Kyrene Family Dentistry, there’s one more reason to celebrate. Today, dental professionals from all over the world honor the National Dental Hygiene Month to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining our oral health with good habits.

Brought to us by the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP), for the whole month we can show our appreciation for the hard work and dedication of dental hygienists. These talented individuals always make sure that our teeth are healthy and they never get tired of reminding us to stay on top of our oral hygiene.

Get To Know Your Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists care for many aspects of their patients’ oral health. They are often on the frontline on tooth decay prevention and perform basic tasks such as screening and cleaning. Most of their work revolves around preventing cavities and gum disease. Besides providing routine checkup, they also help educate patients and parents on oral hygiene and answer any questions they may have.

The Daily 4

This year, the National Dental Hygiene Month focuses on maintaining healthy smiles with four steps: brush, floss, rinse, and chew. You will often hear tips and techniques from your dental hygienist on how to go about these habits. Let’s take a closer look at the aspects of a good daily routine.

Brush

The ADA recommends brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day – once in the morning and in the evening. Remember to brush gently in circles using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums is ideal for removing plaque and bacteria without causing damage.

Floss

Flossing is an integral part of a good oral hygiene. Floss your teeth every day to remove bits of food stuck between your teeth. If you do not floss, you are actually allowing about 35 percent of your tooth to remain unclean. This will increase the population of bacteria in your mouth and get you at risk of decay.

Rinse

The mouthwash should depend on the case of the person using it, and sometimes dental hygienists don’t recommend using one. Many experts agree that using one has a lot of benefits, including alleviating bad breath. However, if you have a dry mouth, some types of mouthwashes may actually make your problem worse. Talk to your dental hygienist about what’s right for you.

Chew

Research reveals that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after a meal can help thwart tooth decay. The increased flow of saliva helps wash away food particles and neutralizes acids that damage the teeth. Be sure to look for the ADA Seal when you purchase your gum. Chewing gum with Mannitol, Sorbitol, Xylitol, and Aspartame have sweeteners that do not cause cavities.

On your next dental appointment, make sure to thank your dental hygienist. Don’t forget to follow these Daily 4 activities and visit your dentist regularly to keep your smile white and bright.