National Dental Hygiene Month is the perfect time to ensure you are brushing, flossing, and rinsing correctly – and to develop any good oral habits you may have been neglecting.
Here are some tips from Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM, to assist you in keeping your smile healthy and sparkling:
- Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps to prevent cavities by making your teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause them. Be sure to use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and brush thoroughly for at least two minutes.
- Floss daily. Flossing removes the food particles that often become trapped between teeth and contribute to the development of disease and decay.
- Rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash. Using a mouthwash after brushing and flossing is an extra step that can protect the smile. There is a wide range of mouthwashes on the market today, including some for periodontal disease, dry mouth, or bad breath.
- Visit your dentist regularly for routine professional cleanings and check-ups. It is recommended that patients of all ages visit their dentist twice a year for evaluations and cleanings as preventative measures to protect their smiles.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit sugary snacks and drinks. Sugar can stick to the teeth and contribute to the growth of bacteria associated with periodontal disease.
- Quit smoking. Smoking is not only bad for oral health but for overall health. Stopping smoking cigarettes can have many amazing benefits for patients and should be considered regardless of one’s current oral health.
Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month in October with a visit to Dr. Steven E. Holbrook!
By following these simple recommendations and tips, you can keep your smile healthy and avoid costly dental problems down the road. So make a commitment to oral health this month – your teeth will thank you! Call Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team at 505-881-1159 to request an evaluation and work with his team to achieve better oral health and wellness. It is never too late to start taking care of the teeth and gums to keep them healthy for years to come!