October is National Dental Hygiene Month!

 

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This month we’re bringing you simple habits that protect your teeth to promote October as National Dental Hygiene Month! Dental procedures can be fascinating and complicated, but most oral health care comes down to simple daily habits.

These simple habits that protect your teeth and your health should be a part of your daily dental hygiene routine.

Brush Your Teeth After Meals

Brushing your teeth after meals is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to protect your teeth. Are you brushing your teeth correctly?

  • Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush unless your dentist recommends something else.
  • Brush for at least two minutes, moving the brush in small circles.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste

If possible, keep a spare toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss handy at work, in your purse, or in your glove box so you can easily clean your teeth whenever necessary. If for some reason you can’t brush your teeth after a meal, rinse out your mouth with water.

Floss Every Single Day

Flossing is just as important as brushing—if not more important. You should floss at least once a day, gently moving the floss in between each of your teeth. Consider getting floss picks if you need something to make it easier.

Eat A Balanced Diet

The right food can help your teeth stay healthy and strong, while the wrong food can cause serious problems. Fortunately, most of the foods that are good for the rest of your body are good for your teeth.

Drink plenty of water and milk, eat your fruits and veggies, and avoid sugary and sticky foods and beverages. Vitamin D, Calcium, and Vitamin C all help your teeth stay strong, while sugar and acid can harm your teeth and contribute to bacteria growth.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

While there are many things you can do at home to protect your teeth, regular dentist visits are an essential habit if you want to keep your teeth healthy. Your dentist has tools that can clean your teeth much more thoroughly than you can at home. The dentist can also help you diagnose and fix problems before they become worse.

For more help taking care of your teeth, schedule an appointment with Royal Dental.

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