Celebrate National Oral Hygiene Month
Did you know? October is National Oral Hygiene Month. While we do not do any dental check ups or cleanings in our office, oral hygiene plays a huge part in our office every single day. Many of the oral procedures and surgeries that we perform in our office on a daily basis can be prevented just by doing a better job of cleaning your teeth each day.
What Oral Health Problems Does Good Oral Hygiene Prevent?
Some of the biggest oral health problems that we deal with in our office due to poor oral hygiene include:
* Tooth Decay &/or loss
* Gum Disease
All three of these can lead to tooth loss or affect the bones that support your teeth in your jaw. Our team is adept at handling teeth extractions, bone grafting, and dental implants—but wouldn’t you rather incorporate good oral hygiene practices in your life instead to avoid these issues?
What Oral Hygiene Practices Should I Implement in My Life?
* Brush your teeth at least twice a day
* Floss your teeth daily
* Use mouthwash and toothpaste products that contain fluoride
* Limit the number of sugary foods and drinks that you consume
* Visit the dentist regularly
By going to the dentist twice a year (every six months), you’re also practicing good oral hygiene. Your dentist will be able to easily spot any potential problem spots and through x-ray, will notice things under the surface that might cause you pain later, such as an impacted tooth. For teenagers and young adults, these x-rays can spot when your wisdom teeth first begin showing up and your dentist can go ahead and refer you over to our office to have them removed.
If you haven’t seen your dentist lately, be sure to call and schedule an appointment in their office today! Even if you have excellent oral hygiene, there are still some issues that they can help detect early on. The earlier any issue is detected, the easier it is for Dr. Hairr and our team to help you get back to 100%!