October not only brings Halloween, pumpkin spice, and fall leaves but also National Dental Hygiene month. This month is dedicated to shining a light on the importance of good dental hygiene and the work that dental hygienists and dentists do to keep your teeth in prime condition. Oral hygiene is imperative for warding off tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, and multiple other nasty oral problems. Taking the necessary steps will also prevent tartar and plaque from settling on the surface of your teeth and eventually causing decay. Plaque is the soft white deposit that settles near your gums and between your teeth.
Some good habits to get into with your dental hygiene are brushing twice a day for two minutes, floss every day, rinse with mouthwash, and chew sugarless gum. All of these things will help to maintain optimal oral health but the best way to ensure that you have healthy teeth and gums is to have regular appointments with your dentist for cleaning, checkups, and to fix any problems you may be having. Ideally, you should be seeing your dentist every six months to a year depending on your dentist. If you have a high risk of dental disease you may need to see your dentist more often. Your best bet is to sit down with your dentist and figure out a plan that is best for you and your specific needs.
You can get involved in National Dental Hygiene month by making it your own personal goal to take better care of your oral health as well as encouraging those around you to do the same. You can use social media as a platform to get the word out about the importance of this month and appreciating those who take care of your oral health. You only get one set of teeth for your entire adult life, you should take care of them.