October is National Dental Health Month, and the best time to make sure that your oral health is in tiptop shape. Here at Glaser Orthodontics, we want all of our patients from Cortlandt Manor, NY to remember to get back to the basics of oral health. While we all rush to be out the door on time during the busy fall and winter months, it is important to still take the time to thoroughly clean. The ADHA suggests these 3 main things to stay diligent with:
Research shows that brushing for two minutes is the single most important method for reducing plaque and preventing cavities, gingivitis and other plaque-related diseases. The most obvious of tasks can also be the most commonly neglected. A quick brush will not do the job; it is essential to your smile that you brush thoroughly, twice a day.
Luckily, for the things brushing can’t reach, there is floss. Plaque tends to build up in those tricky places, and flossing every day can greatly improve your hygiene. Try using flavored floss, or a floss stick to make flossing every day a more convenient and enjoyable experience.
While teeth are a hugely important component to the mouth, oral hygiene does not stop at just brushing. Gum and tongue health are important as well. To ensure this, rinse at least once a day with mouthwash. If you are not a fan of mouthwash, try one without alcohol or with a less harsh minty flavor. This will ensure that you can enjoy fresh breath, while limiting gingivitis and gum disease.