The month of October is often filled with spooky decorations and the sounds of children (as well as many adults) anxiously awaiting the treasure trove of candy riches that will soon arrive on Halloween. But that’s not all that’s happening in October… it’s also National Dental Hygiene Month! Since this time of year is known for its abundance of sweet treats, it’s a good time to draw your attention to some important information that can help you maintain your dental and periodontal health while still being able to enjoy a Happy (and scrumptious) Halloween.
National Dental Hygiene Month is a public awareness campaign organized by the American Dental Hygienists Association and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company—which should be familiar to many gum-chewers out there! The campaign is designed to serve as an educational tool for both children and adults alike, bringing awareness to the importance of maintaining good dental hygiene and how individuals can increase the chances of enjoying excellent oral health for many years to come. National Dental Hygiene Month also calls attention to the vital role that professionals like our dentist in New Jersey, Dr. Matthew Vaccaro, and dental hygienists like our very own Renee Clemente-Centrone play in keeping patients’ gums and teeth as healthy as possible.
Here are some things you can do to keep your mouth healthy, even throughout the Halloween season:
- Brush at least twice each day and floss once each day.
- While brushing, be sure to brush the flat surfaces of the teeth (the parts that do a lot of the chewing) in addition to the front and back sides. Also, remember to floss the back teeth as efficiently as the ones in the front.
- Add an antimicrobial mouthwash to your brushing regimen. This can help destroy germs in other areas of the mouth besides the teeth and gums.
- Try to minimize intake of foods and beverages (including candy) that are high in sugar. There are many sugar-free candy options available that are quite tasty! If you just have to have the sweeter stuff, try to consume it in moderation.
- Don’t forget to attend your regular dental check-ups, as well as any dental treatments that have been scheduled!
For most adults and children, a twice-yearly oral exam along with a professional dental cleaning is recommended. Some may need more regular cleanings depending on the condition of their teeth and gums. It’s also a good idea for parents to closely examine their child’s teeth at least once each month to ensure there are not any visible signs of infection or decay, or if any white/discolored spots are noticeable on the gums or other oral tissues.
The lessons of National Dental Hygiene Month are good for individuals of all ages. After all, the health of your mouth can be linked to your overall health, so it’s always worth it to go the extra mile when taking care of your teeth and gums!
If you have questions about how you can maintain your dental health and prevent future dental problems, or if you would like to schedule an appointment here at Vaccaro Aesthetic and Family Dentistry, please contact us today.Previous Post