October is National Dental Hygiene Month! Keeping up with your oral hygiene is extremely important to your health. Without regular dental care you could develop cavities, tooth decay, gingivitis, bad breath, and gum disease. Here are some helpful tips to help stay on top of your oral/dental hygiene to avoid these issues!

  • Don’t skip flossing! Flossing removes plaque and build up and is very important in maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
  • Brush your teeth 2 times daily, (Preferably morning and night) for 2-3 minutes.
  • See your dental hygienist once or twice a year to keep up with cleanings.
  • A poor diet filled with sugary foods and drinks may lead to cavities. Limit your intake of these to reduce your chances of developing cavities.
  • Tobacco is the main cause of oral cancers. Eliminate these products to lower your risk.
  • Your toothbrush should be replaced every 2-3 months, and replaced after any illness.
  • Brushing your tongue along with your teeth is a great way to eliminate built up bacteria in your mouth.

Don’t forget to brush up! With every brush, you’re lowering your chances of contracting sicknesses and certain diseases. Your teeth will shine and be pearly white too.

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Written by Claudia Miriello, Peer Educator

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