October is National Dental Hygiene Month! This month is all about bringing awareness to the importance of good oral health and hygiene.
National Dental Hygiene Month is sponsored by both the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program. The goal is to educate patients on “The Daily 4” in hopes that this set of guidelines will become positive personal habits that last a lifetime.
So what exactly is the “Daily 4”?
Brushing, flossing, rinsing and chewing!
Brushing twice a day, every day. Use a soft bristled toothbrush with a fluoride toothpaste and a gentle circular motion along the gum line to get the best results.
Flossing at least once a day and after every meal if possible. Your dental hygienist will be more than happy to demonstrate proper flossing techniques at your next visit.
Rinsing with a fluoride rinse daily will help keep enamel strong and teeth cavity free.
Chewing sugar free gum after a meal when you don’t have time to brush has been found to have a positive effect on removing the bacteria that comes with food.
Along with making the “Daily 4” part of your everyday routine, it is important to remember to see your dentist twice a year for cleanings and check ups! Call to make an appointment today! (928) 774-9553
Dr. Joedi Pasut
Alpine Smiles Family Dentistry
1600 W. University Ave #113