National Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and proper dental exams are vital in order to avoid a number of oral conditions such as gum disease and oral cancer. Dr. Paul VreNon and his staff at Desert Breeze Dental would like to share some tips about proper oral hygiene and what can be done to help raise awareness about good oral health.

  • Brush your mouth, not just your teeth: Your teeth aren’t the only things in your mouth that need attention, don’t forget to take care of your gums, tongue, and the roof of the mouth too. Brush twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening.
    • When brushing, brush at a 45-degree angle so that the bristles of the toothbrush are angled near the gum line and be sure to focus on the inner surfaces as well.
    • Don’t forget to brush the tongue and roof of the mouth too (gently) in order to get rid of bacteria that can cause bad breath.
  • Floss those pearly whites regularly: Brushing your teeth daily only takes care of the surface.
    • It’s important to get into the habit of flossing daily in order to ensure that food residue and other substances are removed to prevent decay and periodontal disease.
  • Maintain a teeth-friendly diet: Diet can have a significant effect on dental hygiene.
    • Foods such as nuts, fruits (such as apples), cheese, chicken and veggies are teeth-friendly.
    • Tobacco use should be avoided, and alcohol and soda intake should be limited. Heavy alcohol and soda intake can deplete enamel surfaces and cause dental hygiene issues such as decay.
  • Visit your dentist: Make it a habit of visiting your dentist twice a year.
    • In order to stay on top of your oral hygiene, make sure to schedule an oral exam and a regular teeth cleaning.