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October is Dental Hygiene Month!

Let’s play a little dental hygiene bingo to check your hygiene skill.

If you have checked every box, you have demonstrated superior dental hygiene skills, well done! :)

Why are these dental hygiene tips important?

Brush your teeth twice a day & after every meal can get rid of the germs and plaque that built up during the day.

Floss properly after every meal helps to reduce plaque and lower inflammation in the area.

Using fluoride toothpaste is a great defense against tooth decay. It helps to fight germs that can lead to decay and provide a protective barrier for your teeth.

Use a mouthwash to reduce the amount of acid in the mouth. It gets rid of the bacteria and keeps them less productive and less dangerous. The mouthwash also reaches the hard-to-brush areas around the gums. Ask your dentist for a recommendation that suits you.

Drinking plenty of water promotes overall oral health, drinking water after every meal will help wash out sticky and acidic foods that build up around your teeth.

Eat a healthy diet with crisp and raw vegetables & fruits, such as carrots, celery, and apples help clean plaque from teeth and freshen your breath. The antioxidant vitamins from fruits and vegetables help protect your gums from bacterial infection and cell damage.

Limit sugary and acidic food/ drink, sugar can convert into acid in your mouth which can erode the enamel of your teeth, and leads to cavities.

Avoid using Tobacco products, smoking increases the risks of cancer of the mouth, throat, or lips, and gum disease or periodontal disease. Tobacco products create tartar and plaque as the Chemicals in tobacco products affect saliva flow in the mouth, making it easier for oral bacteria to stick to teeth and gums.

Brushing your teeth properly for at least 2 mins reduces the risk of calculus buildup and gingivitis (early gum disease).

Brushing your tongue and tongue side can remove plaque, which leads to bad breath and other oral health problems. Gently brush your tongue whenever you brush your teeth.

Brushing your gum line can maintain overall oral hygiene and reduce inflammation

Change your toothbrush every 3 months, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends this to ensure that the bristles are still effective and keeping the harmful bacteria accumulation on the toothbrush to the minimum.

Change your toothbrush after a cold/ flu, as the harmful bacteria lingers in the toothbrush. Although you might develop antibodies after the cold/ flu, it is best to change your toothbrush altogether to protect those you live with.

Visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups. Come visit us at Ideal Smile Bellevue, we are trained to spot potential issues and offer treatment solutions, we also screen for oral cancer at every check-up.

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