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October is National Dental Hygiene Month!

While our dentist near Wood Dale believes every month should be dedicated to your oral health, we like to see October as a chance to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Each year, the American Dental Association picks a different theme for National Dental Hygiene Month. The theme for 2018 focuses on four routines that play a critical part in your overall oral health, including brushing, flossing, rinsing and chewing. Here is more information regarding these four routines.

Brushing

Unless otherwise noted by our dentist near Wood Dale, you should be using a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and gently move it back and forth in tooth-wide strokes. Make sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth, including the insides, outsides and chewing surfaces. Last, but not least, don’t forget about brushing your tongue! It can harbor bacteria in your mouth that can be removed with your toothbrush.

Flossing

Another important facet of your oral health is flossing your teeth. Flossing allows you to reach bacteria and plaque that brushing cannot. Aim to floss your teeth at least once per day.

Rinsing and Chewing

Finally, rinsing and chewing are important routines to incorporate into your daily routine. Our dentist near Wood Dale can help you pick out a mouthwash that is right for your needs. This can help reduce your risk of dental decay and infection. After you are done eating, chew on a piece of sugarless gum to help increase the flow of your saliva and wash away food and other debris. This also helps neutralize acids that bacteria produce.

Call Brian Homann, DDS today to schedule your next appointment!