3 Steps for Every Dental Care Routine This October

October 10, 2023

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Man and boy in white t-shirts flossing their teeth together in the bathroom

It’s easy to forget about our teeth in the excitement of Halloween shopping and fall festivities. That might be why October is Dental Hygiene Awareness Month! It’s the perfect time to remember how important it is to care for your pearly whites. You want to fully enjoy all your favorite autumn treats, after all, knowing that you’re taking the proper preventative precautions. Keep reading to learn 3 steps that should be part of your daily dental routine this month!

Step #1: Brushing Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is one of the best, and simplest, ways to prevent tooth decay. It keeps them clear of bacteria that produce plaque buildup and can erode the protective outer layer, which can lead to cavities.

You should be brushing your pearly whites in the morning every day as well as a second time before bed at night. You might try to find a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which not only fights cavities but also strengthens enamel. Below are some additional helpful tips to ensure you’re brushing most effectively:

  • You should brush for 2 minutes minimum.
  • Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward your gums.
  • Gently move it back and forth in short strokes over your teeth.
  • Brush all the outer surfaces of your teeth this way.
  • Then, adjust the toothbrush vertically to brush along the inner surfaces.
  • Finish it up by brushing your tongue, too.

Step #2: Flossing Your Teeth

If you’re brushing your teeth thoroughly and consistently you might assume that means you can skip flossing them, but you run a risk if you do! There are spots you can’t reach with your toothbrush that bacteria can penetrate, like between your teeth and under your gum line. This can lead to gingivitis or tooth decay if left untreated, both of which can progress into potentially worse conditions. Flossing after you brush keeps germs from thriving in those tight spaces.

Step #3: Using Mouthwash

Toothpaste and floss don’t comprehensively clean all the spaces in your mouth. An antimicrobial mouthwash will finish the job and make sure there are no places for bacteria to escape. It should be considered the final step of your twice-daily dental regimen. It’ll contribute to your oral health as well as keep your breath fresh!

If you don’t have a consistent routine already in place, it’s not too late to start! By building these 3 steps into your daily dental care plan, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your teeth will be healthy all season.

About the Author

Dr. Jason Hong received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and then entered the prestigious New York University College of Dentistry. He has since completed a general practice residency at Waterbury Hospital and completed over 300 hours of continuing education. He and his caring dental team provide a wide range of services under one roof to patients of all ages. If you need a checkup, you’re welcome to request an appointment on our website or by calling (630) 789-1555.

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