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To encourage a healthier mouth all year round, today’s blog will focus on some advice in honor of National Dental Hygiene Month which is recognized in October. The change in seasons is a good time to take advantage of renewed energy after the long days of summer. Our team at Wellwood Family Dentistry is pleased to share the following recommendations to promote oral health for you.

-According to the ADA, or American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth at least twice daily for two minutes. It is preferable to use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small enough head to reach the molars in the back of the mouth.

-To brush, begin by holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. You want to massage, not scrub all tooth surfaces. Brush your tongue as well, it only takes a moment and is a place where bacterial residue likes to accumulate. Cleaning your tongue will make your breath smell cleaner.

-Flossing is next to finish the job your toothbrush started. Since your brush can’t clean between the teeth or along the gumline, dental floss will. Aim to floss once a day to remove bacterial biofilm (plaque). If plaque lingers long enough, it will harden into tartar (or calculus) which requires removal by our dentist.

-Add a germ-fighting mouthwash to your daily routine to remove plaque. An alcohol-free mouthwash will help you win the fight against tooth decay and gum disease while freshening your breath in the process.

-Chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after you eat can also strengthen your smile. Chewing stimulates saliva production which clears away food particles and oral debris while neutralizing acids released by oral bacteria.

Our dentist, Dr. Elliot Einbinder, is excited to help you achieve a healthy smile all year round. If you have questions or are ready to schedule an appointment with our team in Pikesville, Maryland, please call 410.486.3898 today!