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5 Essential Habits for Dental Hygiene Month

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — walkerddsteam @ 12:04 am
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A healthy smile is a gift and an asset that everyone can use in their lives. From preventing cavities to keeping your smile bright and your gums healthy, dental hygiene is essential to preserve that asset. October just happens to be Dental Hygiene Month, so why not reinforce your routine?

If you want to learn the five best ways to take care of your smile, continue reading. These tips will help you keep your mouth healthy through October and beyond!

1. Enhance Your Brushing Sessions

The foundation of good oral hygiene begins with consistent brushing. Aim to brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and before bedtime. Brush for at least two minutes using small circular motions and fluoride toothpaste. This routine helps remove plaque, prevent cavities, and keep fresh breath.

2. Work on Your Flossing Techniques

Don’t be one of the millions of Americans who decide to skip the floss. Make it a habit to floss daily to remove plaque and debris from between your teeth and along the gumline. Proper flossing technique contributes to healthy gums and helps prevent gum disease. Be gentle when you use your floss and work the strand up and down each tooth.

3. Choose the Right Toothbrush

Selecting the right toothbrush is important for effective cleaning. Opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damage to your enamel and gums. Also, consider replacing your toothbrush (or toothbrush head if you’re using an electric model) every three to four months or sooner if the bristles begin to fray.

4. Embrace the Rinse

Mouthwash is not a substitute for brushing and flossing, but it can complement your oral care routine. Choose an antiseptic or fluoride rinse to help reduce bacteria, strengthen enamel, and freshen your breath. Stay away from oral rinses that contain alcohol. They can dry your mouth out and kill helpful bacteria that live in your mouth, creating an inhospitable oral environment.

5. Schedule a Dental Checkup

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of professional dental care. Scheduling regular checkups with your dentist for cleanings and examinations is the capstone of a great oral hygiene routine. Early detection of dental issues is key to preventing more significant problems and maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile.

As you celebrate Dental Hygiene Month, commit to cultivating these essential habits for a lifetime of excellent oral health. Remember, a healthy smile is not just a reflection in the mirror; it’s a part of you! Take care of yourself and see your dentist as soon as you can.

About the Author

Dr. Zack Walker has always admired dentistry for its ability to positively impact people’s lives. As the son of two dentists, it was all but inevitable that he would follow the family business. Dr. Walker earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and then completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program through the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. Today, he continues to increase his skills to better serve his patients. To schedule an appointment at Zack Walker DDS, call (336) 993-3727 or visit the website to discover other services.

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