Greetings everyone, and welcome to the month of October! As we enter into one of the spookiest seasons of the year, it's important to keep in mind the potential scares that can arise from neglecting our oral health. In light of National Dental Hygiene Month, we would like to stress the significance of daily hygiene practices in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. After all, a beautiful smile starts with a strong foundation of good oral health.
The accumulation of plaque is a common issue in the mouth, where certain bacteria thrive and feed on carbohydrates and sugary beverages. As a result, the bacteria release acids mixed with saliva and food particles, leading to the formation of a sticky bacterial film known as plaque. Over time, plaque can erode tooth enamel and penetrate the softer dentin and tooth pulp, causing decay and cavities. In severe cases, root canal treatment may be necessary to remove bad bacteria and dead tissue to save the tooth from infection.
If you experience tooth pain or sensitivity, swollen lymph nodes, or gum infections, it may be a sign that you require a root canal. To prevent tooth decay and other oral health issues, it's crucial to take proactive steps to protect your mouth from plaque. This can include limiting your consumption of sugary and acidic beverages and opting for healthier options such as water, low-sugar vegetable juice, and unsweetened tea.
To maintain optimal dental hygiene, it's recommended to practice four habits daily: brushing, flossing, rinsing, and chewing sugarless gum. When brushing, use a soft-bristled toothbrush held at a 45-degree angle to your gums, making sure to clean all tooth surfaces and those hard-to-reach areas. Flossing helps remove plaque buildup between teeth, which can harden into tartar and require professional removal. Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash and chewing sugarless gum after meals can also aid in promoting healthy saliva flow and neutralizing acids in the mouth.
As we celebrate National Dental Hygiene Awareness Month, take the opportunity to replace your old toothbrush and find a flossing method that works for you. And don't forget to express your gratitude to your dental hygienist for their efforts in helping you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.