Do you know what National Dental Hygiene Month is? In reality, it’s a time for dentists and hygienists to come together to promote oral health for everyone. The American Dental Hygienist Association (ADHA) takes an opportunity during October of each year to raise public awareness and to honor dentist and hygienists for the work they do. This year’s campaign focuses on “Brush, Floss, Rinse, Chew”—and we’ll blogging about these topics this month.
Unfortunately, according to recent studies, millions of Americans—including children—are suffering from gum disease. The best way to avoid gum disease is practicing oral hygiene, which makes teaching proper practices so important. Dental sealants, a thin application painted on children’s teeth, can also fight cavities by filling in pockets. This will keep plaque and food out of hard to reach places. If you are interested, we recommend speaking with your dentist.
For teens, brushing, flossing, and a proper diet can be important to maintaining a healthy smile. Teenagers face many changes during this time, including hormones and school activities. While they work through these decisions, it’s important to think about the effects your choices will have on your oral health. These decisions include piercings, drinking sugary beverages, and smoking. During this time, it’s important to make time for dental appointments. Also, while children tend to become more independent at this point in their lives, parents should still make sure they are practicing good oral health.
For adults, please remember to care for your dental health. Schedule regular appointments for cleanings and talk with your dentist about changes you notice in your smile—including changes in bone and gum structure. Please remember to brush, floss, and use mouthwash to keep your smile healthy and strong. Eating fresh food help you reduce acid produced by sugars and carbohydrates.
Finally, if it’s been some time since your last appointment, please celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month by scheduling an appointment with your dentist.