Everyone loves a clean mouth, right? And we think keeping that mouth of yours clean on the regular is worth celebrating. In fact, we think it’s worth celebrating not just for a day, but for an entire month; hence, the recognition of the month of October as National Dental Hygiene Month. This month is dedicated to promoting healthy mouths all across the country, and celebrating the hard work your favorite dental hygienist does to keep your pearly whites squeaky clean.
Taking care of your gums is important.
Not only do the gums protect your teeth, but the health of your gums can impact other health conditions you may have.
That’s why September is National Gum Care Month, to educate people about gum disease and to understand how to take care of their gums.
Without proper care, you could develop gingivitis.
… In many countries around the world, children continue to leave teeth out in the hopes that a mouse will come take them away in exchange for money or some other gift.
Brushing your teeth is an important part of your dental care routine. For a healthy mouth and smile the ADA recommends you:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.
- Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
- Make sure to use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
Sharing a smile can be such a powerful thing to do. It can be a sign of friendship, trust, togetherness and love. It’s also a sign of good oral health. That’s why, during National Smile Month, we want to collect as many smiles as possible – from all over the world.
National Smile Month is the perfect chance to share your smile and promote the importance of having a healthy mouth. Want to Participate? https://www.dentalhealth.org/sharing-your-smile-around-the-world
Older adults are at an especially high risk for mouth and tooth infections and the complications that can come with these problems. Losing teeth, which is mainly caused by infection, not only leads to changes in our appearance but may also make it harder to chew certain foods. That can make it harder to receive the nourishment we need to function. Complete loss of all teeth (also known as edentulous) is less common now in developed countries like the U.S., but it still becomes more common as we age regardless of where we may live.
Every day, another senior citizen is at risk due to a lack of good, oral hygiene. The bacteria, left uncontrolled, can lead to pneumonia, diabetes, stroke, heart attack and a host of other ailments that can result in an early and unnecessary death.
This is an excerpt from the book Dying of Dirty Teeth by Angie Stone. Here is a link to one of her lectures