Keeping your mouth clean during National Dental Hygiene Month

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October 1st, 2018

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, when we focus on dental hygiene and celebrate the work of dental hygienists – and what better time to do that than the month of tricks, treats and candy?

Only your dental hygienist can keep your mouth as clean as possible, so be sure to schedule a dental cleaning twice every year.

In the meantime, check out these easy ways to maximize your dental hygiene in October!

Consider your toothpaste

While the main purpose of all toothpastes is to clean teeth and prevent cavities, different types of toothpastes have been developed with unique goals in mind. Anti-cavity, whitening, sensitive teeth and other varieties are among them. Learn more about the types of toothpaste – and which may be right for your – here.

Are you using the right dental floss?

No matter what kind you’re using, flossing is important – and you should do it! But did you know there are different types of dental floss for different kinds of teeth? Waxed floss, unwaxed floss and dental tape are all types of floss, made for different personal preferences. Visit our blog to learn which floss might be best for you. Not a fan of floss? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered – check out these floss alternatives.

Natural bad-breath busters

Do you find yourself fighting bad breath often? You’re not alone. Whether from gum disease, dry mouth, or just a nice garlicy lunch, bad breath – also known as halitosis – affects up to half of Americans. If you’re looking for natural ways to fight halitosis, we have a list for you.

Your diet affects your oral health

Toothpaste is your friend, but when it comes to oral health, your diet is absolutely crucial. The food we eat isn’t what might come to mind when we think of dental health, but the bacterial in our mouth – largely a result of what we ingest – plays a huge role in our teeth’s health. Foods that are high in acidity, fats and sugar all can damage your teeth. Fruit and veggies, starchy foods, proteins and dairy can all serve to keep your mouth healthy. Learn more about your diet and your oral health here.

Time-saving oral health hacks

Are you constantly moving? Check out these four time-saving hacks to make oral health a little bit easier for people on the go.

  1. Keep oral health supplies in your car
  2. Chew sugar-free gum
  3. Eat "detergent foods"
  4. Establish good habits, and keep them

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Refresher: How to brush your teeth

And finally, our most common tip - be sure to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice every day. If there are young children in your life, let Dental Hygienist Leah explain how to properly brush their teeth! And it never hurts for adults to get a little refresher, either.