October 6, 2014 by
Ginelle Dientes Dental News
October is National Dental Hygiene Month and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association has teamed up with the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company to create awareness about the importance of dental health. There are four aspects of maintaining good oral health – brushing teeth twice daily, flossing daily, rinsing with mouthwash, and chewing sugar-free gum.
Brushing teeth twice daily for two minutes helps reduce plaque and prevents cavities and gingivitis. Flossing daily will not only remove plaque but will also help remove food particles that your toothbrush can’t reach. Rinsing with mouthwash will help prevent gingivitis. Mouthwash targets the rest of your mouth since your teeth only account for less than half of your mouth. Lastly, chewing sugar-free gum after each meal will help stimulate saliva which helps prevent tooth decay and helps fight cavities. To learn more about the importance of oral health, set up a consultation with the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.