You probably aren’t really planning on celebrating National Dental Hygiene Month with a party or a parade or anything – but it is a good reminder to take a look at your oral health care routine to make sure you and your family are doing all you can to take care of your teeth. Here are some things to keep in mind for a healthy and beautiful mouth!
Is it really important to take care of teeth and gums?
Of course, anyone who works in a dentist office will tell you how important it is to take care of your oral health – but you don’t need a professional to tell you this. Ask anyone who has ever had a tooth infection or who has spent hours in the dental chair having work done. But besides the pain and the hassle that can come with tooth problems, poor dental health can affect your overall health as well. Bacteria in the mouth that get out of control can get into the bloodstream and cause cardiovascular disease, endocarditis, pneumonia, and pregnancy and birth complications.
Do you have good oral hygiene habits?
It is easy to fall into bad habits when it comes to taking care of your teeth. Just a few things to keep in mind:
- It is important to brush, but it is also important to do it right. Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled brush at a 45 degree angle toward the gums.
- Brushing your tongue is important too! It gets rid of bacteria and can help you to have better breath. Use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper.
- Replace your manual toothbrush every 3 to 4 months and the head of your electric toothbrush every 3 months.
Take some time during this National Dental Hygiene Month to take a look at your dental habits to make sure you are doing all you can to take good care of your teeth. And of course, part of taking care of your teeth (and your overall health) is seeing your favorite dentist when you are having a problem or considering a cosmetic procedure. Call the Konig Center for Cosmetic and Comprehensive Dentistry in Houston, Texas, for an appointment. Call (713) 668-2289 today!