The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) reminds Connecticut residents of the importance of practicing proper home care like brushing and flossing during National Dental Hygiene Month.
“Practicing good dental hygiene is vital to oral health,” said Dr. Gary Linker, CSDA President. “Hygienists, who work under the direction of dentists, are an important part of the dental team. They help us educate patients about proper care and are our partners in the fight for good oral health.”
National Dental Hygiene Month takes place each October to recognize and celebrate the role that proper dental care and dental hygienists play in oral health. This year, during National Dental Hygiene Month the focus is on promoting the “Daily 4” – brushing, flossing, rinsing and chewing.
“It is important to brush your teeth for two minutes, two times a day, and floss daily to clean between your teeth,” said Dr. Linker. “Also, rinsing your mouth with mouthwash helps to reduce risk of cavities and gum disease.” Lastly, according to the American Dental Association, clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum following a meal can help in the fight against tooth decay. “By following these tips and visiting the dentist every six months, you are on the right path to maintaining a healthy mouth,” continued Dr. Linker.
For more oral health tips, please visit, www.mouthhealthy.org.