Navigating the demands of a day often leaves adults feeling time-strapped, juggling various tasks from making sandwiches to addressing calls and completing projects. Amid this chaos, oral care can be neglected. Our office advocates for a simple, daily oral health routine that seamlessly fits into your hectic schedule.
October marks National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM), a celebration by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wrigley Jr. Company. Emphasizing “Brush. Floss. Rinse. Chew…Keep it Clean, Keep it Healthy!” ADHA offers practical tips for an efficient home oral health regimen:
Oral Health Routine at Home:
- Brushing: Twice-daily brushing is crucial to reduce plaque accumulation, preventing issues like cavities and gingivitis.
- Flossing: Daily flossing removes plaque and food between teeth and beneath gums, areas brushing alone can’t reach, warding off tooth decay and gum disease.
- Rinsing: An antibacterial, non-alcohol mouthwash kills plaque and gingivitis germs, complementing brushing and flossing. ADA Seal of Acceptance is recommended.
- Chewing Sugar-Free Gum: Boost saliva production, combating cavities, neutralizing plaque, strengthening enamel, and clearing remaining food. Especially important post-meals.
While urgent matters may tempt you to set aside the toothbrush, remember that a consistent home oral health routine is the best defense against periodontal disease, a leading cause of adult tooth loss. The ADHA notes that approximately 75 percent of Americans have some form of periodontal disease, which is linked to serious conditions like diabetes and stroke. Regular visits to our office with Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz provide additional guidance on proper teeth and gum care.