October is National Dental Hygiene Month!

Afro American teen girl opens mouth widely brushes teeth 300x200 1 Life gets pretty busy, and you may not even realize that October is National Dental Hygiene Month! It’s a great time to make sure that you and your entire family are doing all you can to take good care of your teeth, and to make sure you don’t have any bad habits that may be causing damage to your oral health. Read on for some reminders about taking care of your teeth and some warning signs that your teeth may need some help!

Why should you bother with your oral health?

Even if you don’t care how your smile looks or if your breath is fresh, there are several other good reasons why you should take good care of your teeth and gums. No one wants the pain of a toothache, not to mention the time and money you have to spend to deal with such things. And, of course, little things like tartar on the teeth can become even bigger problems, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.

Signs of poor oral health include bleeding gums, gum recession, tooth ache, and chronic bad breath. Poor oral health can also contribute to other issues throughout the body, such as heart disease, stroke, and pneumonia. It can even lead to complications during pregnancy.

How can you practice good dental hygiene?

You probably know you should brush and floss, but it is equally important that you do these things right. Brush thoroughly at least twice a day, with a soft-bristled toothbrush at a 45 degree angle toward the gums. Brush your tongue with your tooth brush too, or use a tongue scraper. Use an antibacterial mouthwash every day – choose one that is alcohol-free to prevent dry mouth. And, avoid using tobacco products.

Don’t let National Dental Hygiene Month pass without taking a look at your dental habits and making sure you are taking excellent care of your teeth. If you are having problems or pain, or if it’s just time for a cleaning and checkup, you can count on the staff at Soft Touch Dentistry (no matter what month it is!). Contact the Brighton office at (617) 782-9250 or the Newton office at (617) 332-8146 for an appointment today.

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