Celebrating Dental Hygiene Month
4th Street Family Dentistry will be celebrating Dental Hygiene Month all month long! Our staff has compiled a list of home dental hygiene guidelines to help you keep a healthy smile. You can always rely on 4th Street Family Dentistry if you’re looking for a family dentist in St. Pete, FL, or if you require dental services.
If you have any questions regarding early warning signs or are due for a cleaning, please contact our dentist in St. Pete right away.
Brush 2x a Day
It’s important to brush a minimum of two times a day. If you can, brush after each meal. Your toothbrush should have soft bristles and be big enough to brush one to two at a time. We recommend using an ADA approved toothpaste. When brushing, focus on the inner, outer areas of your teeth and tongue. If you’re having trouble brushing for the full two minutes, sing the ABC’s three times! Also, Dr. Leeson recommends that patients change their toothbrush every 3-4 months.
Brushing your teeth alone will not remove all the debris and plaque that collect between your teeth. That’s why it’s just as important to floss as it is to brush your teeth.
How to Floss Properly:
- Use about 18 inches of dental floss and wrap it around two fingers, leaving about 1-2 inches of floss.
- Holding the floss with your thumb and index finger, you will insert the floss between two teeth.
- Gently move the floss up and down, rubbing it against each tooth (avoid hitting your gums).
- Once you’ve reached your gum line, curve the floss, and move it back and forth between one of the teeth.
- Move the floss to the next set of teeth, repeat the steps above.
Rinse With Mouthwash
Mouthwash can help put a stop to plaque, gingivitis, bad breath, and tooth decay! There are plenty of mouthwashes to choose from. Choose a mouthwash that will help you meet your oral health goals. Dr. Chris Green, a dentist in Parker, CO, points out that not all mouthwashes are used the same. So, make sure you read the directions carefully.
We recommend using a mouthwash that is ADA approved—rinsing before or after brushing/flossing depends on the product.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Did you know there are benefits of chewing sugar-free gum after a meal?
Benefits of Chewing Sugar-Free Gum
- It helps increase saliva, which washes away harmful bacteria & relieves dry mouth.
- Helps dislodge food stuck in your teeth, preventing plaque buildup.
Connection Between Oral Health and Body
Many studies show a link between gum disease and other diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and more. Additionally, those with high blood sugar are more at risk of developing gum disease. Those with diabetes are highly encouraged to visit their dentist for regular cleanings. As you can see, it’s very important to take care of your oral health. It’s not too late to make a change today.
Why We Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month
At 4th Street Family Dentistry, we like to celebrate smiles. National Dental Hygiene Month is the perfect way to honor our community and staff members. It also helps us to take our oral health into our own hands. Set a good example for you and your little ones by following the tips above. If you have any questions about your oral health or would like to set up an appointment, please contact 4th Street Family Dentistry today.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in October 2020 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.