October is National Dental Hygiene Month

By - Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY:  Encourage good brushing, flossing and rinsing habits during National Dental Hygiene Month!

Posted: October 10, 2014

Is it a coincidence that National Dental Hygiene Month falls on the same month as Halloween? We think not. 

National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM), sponsored by the American Dental Hygienist's Association (ADHA) and the William Wrigley Jr. Company, is an annual campaign that aims to raise public awareness about good oral health. This year, NDHM will highlight a national radio media tour featuring ADHA president Kelli Swanson Jaecks. Like in years past, NDHM spotlights the four components of keeping a bright, healthy smile: 

  1. Brushing teeth twice a day
  2. Flossing daily
  3. Rinsing with alcohol-free mouthwash
  4. Chewing sugar-free gum

Brush for two minutes, two times a day, every day
How long should you brush? The average American scrubs his or her teeth for only 47 seconds each session - less than half of the recommended time. You may be rolling your eyes and thinking the time you spend brushing doesn't matter. However, research indicates that brushing for two minutes is the single most important step for reducing dental plaque and preventing cavities, gingivitis and other plaque-related problems. 

If two minutes feels like eternity, try throwing on one of your favorite songs on your smartphone. Whether it's Beyonce, Paul McCartney or Avicci, humming along with the melody while brushing can help the time whizz by. To get kids involved, ask them who they want to listen to and use the music as motivation!

Make flossing a daily habit
Flossing is like the middle child of oral health - it sometimes gets overlooked and left behind. But flossing once a day actually complements the act of brushing, as the thread removes plaque and food particles between teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach. Forgetting about flossing can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, so make it a priority during your morning or evening routine!

Besides cleaning food debris from teeth, flossing can keep gums a healthy, natural pink color. When most people think about a good smile, teeth are likely the first thing to pop into mind. But pearly whites are not the only aspect of an attractive grin - healthy gums are also necessary. Though rarely noticed on camera, gums hold teeth in place and serve as the foundation for a picture-worthy smile.

Use mouthwash to improve your oral health. What are the best mouthwashes? Alcohol-free rinses. Alcohol is a drying agent, which can drain the mouth of saliva needed to fight cavity-causing bacteria. Without saliva, the mouth becomes a habitable environment for this damaging bacteria. In short, alcohol-based rinses can actually do more than harm than good.

On the other hand, alcohol-free TheraBreath Oral Rinses contain powerful oxygenating compounds that not only alleviate bad breath and maintain fresh breath all day, but also promote optimal oral health. Add rinse to the daily regimen to up your dental hygiene game.  

Chew sugar-free gum
Gum with xylitol has actually been shown to aid in the prevention of cavities and plaque buildup. The action of chewing sugarless gum stimulates saliva, which is the most important natural defense against tooth decay. In turn, this helps ward off cavities, neutralize plaque acid, remineralize enamel and wash away food particles. Clinical studies show that chewing sugar-free gum, especially after eating and drinking, has a positive impact on oral health. 

It's also highly important to visit the dentist twice a year. Dentists will help you fight off cavities, fix current dental problems and catch signs of tooth decay and gum swelling before they become an issue.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please Note: The material on this site is provided for informational purposes only.  Always consult your health care professional before beginning any new therapy.

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