It’s March, which means that World Oral Health Day is upon us! It is celebrated globally every year on March 20th and is the largest global awareness campaign for oral health. March 20th is a day to celebrate oral health and spread the message about good oral hygiene practices for both adults and children alike so we are taking time to offer a refresher on how to maintain your dental regimen. We have put together some smart choices to help you have great oral health for a lifetime.
2020’s theme is “Unite For Mouth Health”! Your mouth is amazing as it helps you to eat, drink, speak and smile confidently. Whatever your age, taking care of your mouth is crucial not just for your teeth but also for your general health and wellbeing. An unhealthy mouth can cause pain, discomfort, disease, and even play a role in your mental health. It is never too early or too late to begin caring for your mouth.
Pledge to make a better effort at improving and maintaining great oral health this year.
Brush and Floss Daily
Brushing twice a day with FDA and ADA approved toothpaste is a great place to start when working to improve your dental care routine. Toothpaste plays an important role in keeping your teeth, gums, and breath clean and fresh. Toothpaste comes in a variety of forms and flavors so be sure to ask your dentist which is best for you. However, toothpaste doesn’t do you any good if you don’t brush properly. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth and gums, brushing gently in small circles for 2 minutes. Remember to replace your toothbrush every 3 months or once its bristles have become frayed and after every professional cleaning.
Floss at least once a day to clean between your teeth and underneath gums. If you have little ones, pledge to teach them the importance of good oral health habits early with proper brushing and flossing even if they might need your help and supervision.
Commit to Regular Dental Check-ups
Brushing and flossing are great at preventing plaque buildup, but it cannot replace the effect of professional dental cleanings. Only a dentist can remove tartar from your teeth, which is hardened plaque from food or other materials. Dental exams also enable the dentist to keep an eye on your oral health and treat any early signs of oral disease to keep you in optimal health at all times.
Keep Clean On-The-Go
Sometimes you don’t always have time to fully clean and brush your teeth when you are on-the-go. Help keep your mouth clean by having sugar-free gum, mini floss, travel-size mouthwashes, or on-the-go toothbrush kits on hand at all times.
Protect Your Teeth
Protect your teeth by taking proper care of your protective or oral health gear such as dentures, mouthguards, or orthodontic appliances. Remember to take the time to clean them as instructed by your dentist. For added protection, consider asking your dentist about sealants which can add a protective layer to your teeth to help protect them from cavities and keep them healthy.
Practice healthy habits
A healthy diet is beneficial in numerous ways! Be sure to cut back on sugary snacks, processed foods, and caffeine. Eat a well-balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and healthy fats. For families, adopting new routines together can be fun and helps to keep family members accountable. If you are of age, you should limit your alcohol and tobacco usage.
This oral health day we want everyone to unite for oral health because a healthy mouth enables us to enjoy life to the fullest, and that’s something worth pledging for. For more information on oral health day and good oral hygiene habits, contact Leslie B. Anthony, DMD today.