In 2009, dental hygienists dubbed October as National Dental Hygiene Month, a time of the year for patients to optimize their oral health by tweaking their at-home routines and scheduling their family’s dental checkups in Vienna. While preventive dental care seems all about taking care of your pearly whites, it also ensures your overall wellbeing. Read on for four oral health tips to celebrate October.
Schedule Dental Checkups and Cleanings
While being a diligent brusher and flosser at home is great for your oral health, it doesn’t guarantee that no problems will arise. That’s why it’s important to schedule a checkup and teeth cleaning in Vienna every six months. Your professional is equipped with the tools and knowledge to locate issues that are hidden under the surface of your mouth and may cause you pain or discomfort down the road. With routine examinations, they’ll be able to diagnose and treat these problems before they get out of hand. They’ll also be able to clean the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth, getting rid of tartar and plaque accumulation and controlling harmful oral bacteria buildup.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Many people aren’t aware of how their diet impacts their oral health. Eating too many processed foods that are packed with sugars and carbohydrates can turn your mouth into the perfect environment for harmful oral bacteria to thrive in. They feed off of these substances found in plaque and create waste that leads to the formation of cavities and gum disease. Eating healthier foods like fibrous fruits and vegetables can actually help remove plaque from your teeth, limiting bacteria accumulation.
Brush and Floss Regularly
The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice each day for two minutes and flossing at least once every day. This is to regularly remove plaque and food debris from your mouth that bacteria feed off of. For a more efficient and effective routine, try using more advanced tools such as a water flosser or electric or sonic toothbrush. Both of these tools are proven to remove more plaque and food particles from your mouth than manual traditional floss and brushes. You can also ask your dentist in Vienna for recommendations for oral hygiene products.
Rinse With Antibacterial Mouthwash
The root of many common oral health problems is bacteria buildup. By regularly rinsing your mouth with antibacterial wash, you can prevent this from happening. Plus, it’ll refresh your breath with a minty-fresh scent. If the alcohol in mouthwash is too strong for you and irritates your oral tissues, try using one without alcohol in it, or a therapeutic over-the-counter wash that fights cavities and gingivitis.
Thanks to National Dental Hygiene Month, patients have a dedicated time to reflect on their oral hygiene routine and commit to optimizing it. With the right preventive measures in place, people can keep severe issues from developing and ensure that their natural pearly whites look and feel healthy for decades to come.
About the Author
Dr. Hisham Barakat completed a one-year residency in general dentistry and a two-year general practice residency following his completion of dental school in 1988. He is passionate about providing high-quality and thorough preventive dental care to families and keeping up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry. He has been awarded Mastership status in the Academy of General Dentistry and attended over 1,100 hours of continuing education courses in a variety of dental topics. For questions or to schedule your family’s checkups and cleanings, visit Vienna Smiles’ website or call 703-651-2315.