Did you know October is National Dental Hygiene month?

Did you know October is National Dental Hygiene month?

Why not celebrate with booking your biannual cleaning appointments? Dana, the hygienist in Dr. Carter’s office, is always happy to help you keep your smile looking white and bright. In keeping with the spirit of this month, check out these 10 tips on keeping up with your dental health.

  1. SEE YOUR DENTIST. We always love seeing you, so come pay us a visit!
  2. DON’T wait until something hurts to call the doc-this is why regular appointments are so important.
  3. Remember your old friend, Floss? Fun fact-flossing can do more than just get stuff out of in between your teeth: it can also help prevent bad breath!
  4. Get yourself checked for gum disease. Getting an early start on treating the problem helps it from getting worse. All it takes to get checked is making an appointment with your dentist.
  5. Make sure you’re using the right toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes remove plaque must more efficiently that manual toothbrushes. Next time you’re at the grocery store, look into getting a disposable electric toothbrush for under $10.
  6. Don’t forget about your tongue! This is another part of your mouth that’s a high contributer to bad breath. If you have a strong gag reflex, try brushing your tongue left to right instead of front to back.
  7. Cut back on your soda intake. Not only does soda contribute to weight gain, it also puts a lot of harsh chemicals and sugars into your mouth that break down the enamel on your teeth.
  8. Quit smoking. Smoking tobacco products can contribute to discoloring of your teeth at the very least, but could end up leading to gum cancer, tongue cancer, throat cancer, or lung cancer–just to name a few.
  9. Start adding mouthwash to your hygiene habits. Mouthwash can help give you better breath and kill any bacteria in your mouth you may have missed when you brushed.
  10. If you’re going to chew gum, make sure it’s sugarless. There’s no use in putting extra sugar on your teeth, even if it’s in small qualities.
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