Edmond Dentist: Bringing Oral Health Awareness
The month of October is known by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association as National Dental Hygiene Month. In this month we, at Ballinger Family Dental, remind everyone to brush, floss, and rinse. Of course, our Edmond dentist encourages this hygienic behavior all the time, but bringing oral health awareness to attention is the goal.
A lot of people get busy in their daily lives and they don’t always stop to think about how often they should brush their teeth, when they should floss, or whether rinsing is necessary. This is especially for parents of young children! Pediatric dentistry is so important and to spread some clarification, our Edmond dentist will be answering all three of those questions today!
Question #1: How often should you brush?
Edmond Dentist- Answer #1: At the very least, it is recommended to brush your teeth twice daily. If possible, you could keep a toothbrush at work or have your child take one to school. This way it encourages brushing after lunch, too.
Question #2: How often should you floss?
Edmond Dentist – Answer #2: Since it takes about 24 hours for plaque to start forming it’s a good idea to floss at least once per day. If you are routinely flossing and brushing the recommended times per day you’re going to have a better chance of keeping plaque from building up as you’ll rid the space between the teeth of bacteria.
Question #3: Is rinsing really necessary?
Edmond Dentist – Answer #3: Using a mouthwash as a follow up to brushing and flossing is great for a few different reasons. First, it leaves your breath fresher. Second, it can wash away any lingering bacteria or debris that wiggled free during your brushing or flossing routine. This can prevent the onset of gingivitis.
Aside from the basics, routine teeth cleanings are another fabulous way to keep your smile looking bright. As our Edmond dentist is an advocate for good oral health care habits, we hope that you consider yourself a little more aware either now or after visiting for an appointment. If you would like to make an appointment for yourself or you’re looking for a place that can handle pediatric dentistry, please call (405) 844-8445.