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National Dental Hygiene Month 2015
Posted on 10/15/2015

National Dental Hygiene Month 2015

If you’re wondering what makes dental hygiene so important that it gets its own month, the answer is this: There’s more to dental hygiene that just having a healthy mouth.  Since everything in you body is connected, having good oral health helps ensure that your body stays healthy too, and on the other side of things, an unhealthy mouth could put your body at risk of developing certain diseases or infections. 

The Benefits of Good Oral Health

Every day, food particles and bacteria accumulate on your teeth from what you eat and drink, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, or even tooth loss if left untreated. Keeping up with a proper oral hygiene routine will keep your mouth clear of that harmful bacteria before it has a chance to do real damage to your teeth or gums.

As we mentioned above, oral health is connected to your overall health too.  Oral inflammation and infections have been linked to more serious issues including heart disease and stroke, and an increased susceptibility to infection in other parts of your body.  Ensuring that you maintain good oral health will help reduce the risk for developing infection or cardiovascular diseases. 

The Daily 4

 Now that you know why having good dental hygiene is important, how do you do it?  The focus of this year’s National Dental Health Month is “The Daily 4”, which are the 4 key components of maintaining good oral health broken down as follows:

·      Brushing Teeth Twice Daily

·      Flossing Daily

·      Rinsing With Antimicrobial Mouth Rinse

·      Chewing Sugar Free Gum’

While brushing, flossing, and mouthwash may be obvious parts of this routine, you may be wondering how chewing sugar free gum helps maintain oral health.   When you chew sugar free gum, your mouth produces more saliva, which is your body’s way of naturally washing away bacteria and food particles from your mouth. 

These daily 4 tasks only take a few minutes out of your day to complete, and can help give you a lifetime worth of healthy, happy smiles!  Of course, don’t forget to go see your local dentist for your regular check-in appointments too!.  

Spread Awareness For Oral Health!

For National Dental Hygiene month, do you best to spread awareness to your friends and family about how proper oral hygiene can help keep them healthy!  Grab a partner and challenge each other to implement the daily 4 into your normal routine!  However you choose to go about it, make it your goal to spread some new smiles!