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Here’s How to Take Better Care of Your Oral Health During National Smile Month

By Jonathan Marsh, Owner

National Smile Month | Senior Care | Home Helpers of Bradenton

Healthy teeth and gums are essential for your overall health. National Smile Month, held from May 14 to June 14, highlights the importance of oral health. So, just how do you ensure you have optimal oral health? Here are a few tips:

1. Change your toothbrush regularly. When did you last change your toothbrush? If you’ve had your toothbrush longer than two to three months, it’s time to invest in a new one (if you’re using an electric toothbrush, you can change the toothbrush head). Without regular toothbrush changes, you’re just transferring bacteria into your mouth. Toothbrush changes also are important after you’ve been sick.

2. Brush your teeth the right way. You already have heard why it’s important to brush your teeth two or three times a day. Now, here’s the right way to brush your teeth, as shared by a Reader’s Digest article: “The best way to brush your teeth is by placing your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums and gently moving it in a circular motion, rather than a back-and-forth motion. Grip the toothbrush like a pencil so you won’t scrub too hard.”

3. See a dentist regularly. A six-month check-up is the norm for most people, although some of us will want to see a dentist more often due to gum issues or other systemic health problems that make our teeth more vulnerable. By seeing a dentist regularly, he or she can catch and treat problems early on.

4. Floss! It’s easy to dismiss flossing, but it’s a great way to remove food and bacteria stuck between your teeth. Floss at least once a day—preferably before you go to bed—and use enough floss to move around and in between all of your teeth in a zig-zag motion. If using regular floss is challenging, invest in floss picks or other devices to help you reach in between your teeth. Consider also using a water pick to help remove material in between your teeth.

5. Don’t smoke, and don’t use chewing tobacco. As if you needed another reason to quit or to avoid cigarettes…. Use of tobacco products can increase your chances of developing oral cancer. It also can cause your teeth to turn yellow and give you bad breath.

 

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