This October marks the 8th National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM), with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) working collaboratively to increase public awareness about the importance of maintaining good oral health.
This year’s campaign focuses on the four components of good oral health maintenance:
The Daily 4
Brushing teeth twice daily
Always brush two minutes, two times a day, every day. Brushing for two minutes twice a day is crucial to maintaining healthy smiles. Proper brushing technique cleans teeth and gums effectively. Click here for tips on proper brushing.
Flossing Every Day
Ensure Flossing is a Daily Habit. Daily flossing (or other methods of interdental cleaning) removes plaque and food particles that cannot be reached by a toothbrush, particularly under the gumline and between teeth. If you resist flossing, open up to your Hygienist about it. Your Hygienists may recommend using a different floss and improved technique which may make it more comfortable for you. Click here for tips on proper flossing technique.
Rinsing with Antimicrobial Mouth Rinse
Use mouthwash to improve oral health. Rinsing your mouth with an antimicrobial mouth rinse every day is the best defense against gingivitis or gum disease. Consult your dental hygienist in determining which mouth rinse is best for you. Click here for a simple guide to rinsing.
Chewing Sugarless Gum
Chewing gum (without sugar) after eating can help fight tooth decay. It may seem too good to be true, but research shows that chewing gum (without sugar) after meals helps protect your teeth. Chewing gum after a meal stimulates saliva, which can help clean food particles and neutralize plaque acids on the teeth. Click here for to learn more about the effect of chewing gum on plaque.
Maintaining and following a routine of good oral health habits is the single most effective way to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and other plaque-related diseases.
We challenge you to The Daily 4!