October is National Dental Hygiene Month, just in time for all of the Halloween candy that will soon flood your home! This is a great time to brush up on your oral hygiene skills and make sure you are following a proper routine. To celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month, here are our favorite tips to help you maintain a healthy mouth.

 

Toothbrush

Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush that you can fit comfortably in your mouth. Bacteria can build up on your toothbrush, so rinse it thoroughly after each time you brush. For a quick dry time, store your toothbrush upright and avoid using any closed covers. Replace your toothbrush every three months, or sooner if the bristles begin to fray or you become sick within that time frame.

 

Brushing 

Brushing your teeth is the most fundamental aspect of maintaining good oral health. We all know that brushing should be a part of your morning and nighttime routines, but do you know the proper technique you should be using? You should always brush for at least two minutes, making sure to scrub all areas of the mouth including your tongue, which can harbor bacteria that causes bad breath. Brush with gentle, back-and-forth motions to clean your teeth and gums without causing irritation. Be sure to brush all sides of each tooth in order to prevent cavities and completely remove the plaque from your teeth.

 

Flossing

Flossing is another daily activity you should incorporate into your daily routine to remove bacteria from the tight spaces between your teeth. Even with proper brushing technique, there will still be plaque and food particles left in these areas. Curve the floss around each side of your teeth, doing at least one up-and-down pass per tooth. Guide the floss slightly below the gum line, but avoid snapping it against your gums. 

 

Rinsing

After each meal, you should try to rinse your mouth with water to remove any food particles, which can help with bad breath and tooth decay. You should also incorporate an antimicrobial mouthwash into your dental hygiene routine, at least once daily after brushing. Rinsing with mouthwash helps to fight bad breath and prevent gum disease.

 

See Your Dentist

Maintaining proper oral care at home is vital to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but regular trips to the dentist are just as important. You should schedule dentist visits at least every six months to keep up with cleanings, exams, and X-rays that help you catch problems early on. Always contact your dentist with any oral health concern, such as tooth pain, tender gums, or persistent bad breath. One of our expert Art of Dentistry dentists would be happy to assist you!. For information on oral hygiene, or to schedule a consultation, please call our office at (732) 846-7100. We’ll have you smiling with confidence!