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Smile! It’s National Dental Hygiene Month

Smile! It’s National Dental Hygiene Month

Let’s learn how we can observe National Dental Hygiene Month this October.

While our dental health should always be a priority, we should make extra efforts to maintain our oral health this National Dental Hygiene Month.  This October, let’s make sure we’re practicing good dental hygiene by making sure we follow the components of a good oral health maintenance routine.

1) Make sure we brush our teeth twice daily, don’t make excuses; we should be brushing our teeth for at least two minutes in the morning and at night.  For the best results, we should use a dentist recommended toothbrush and toothpaste.  30 seconds per quadrant of our mouths is how we can achieve the two-minute recommendation.

2) We should floss every day- Though this is a commonly overlooked dental hygiene task, it’s important that flossing become our daily habit.  Perhaps setting the alarm on our phones is a great way to remind us of this very important step.

3) We should rinse with mouthwash- This is another commonly overlooked step in our dental routines.  Using mouthwash not only freshens our breath, but it also kills bacteria and improves our overall dental health.

4) We should chew sugar-free gum- Chewing on gum after we eat can help us battle tooth decay.  Just make sure the gum is actually sugar-free; sugared gums can cause cavities.

5)  Oral health is essential for overall health! There is now evidence of two specific links between oral health and heart disease. First, recent studies show that if we have gum disease in a moderate or advanced stage, we’re at greater risk for heart disease than someone with healthy gums. And second, our oral health can provide doctors with warning signs for a range of diseases and conditions, including those in the heart.

Oral health and heart disease are connected by the spread of bacteria as well as other germs, from our mouth to other parts of our body through the blood stream. When these bacteria reach the heart, they can attach themselves to any damaged area and cause inflammation. This can result in illnesses such as endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart.  Other cardiovascular conditions such as atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) and stroke have also been linked to inflammation caused by oral bacteria.

Embrace that tooth brush and get busy for more reasons than a pearly smile!

This October, join us at The Maria Sanchez Show and take a vested interest in your dental hygiene.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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