October has been aptly appointed National Dental Hygiene Month. Don’t let tooth decay and bad breath be the center of your Halloween costume this year. You can stop Halloween candy, sugary drinks and fake costume teeth from harming your oral health through preventive dentistry.
Preventive dentistry aims to keep your teeth, gums and jawbone in good health in order to avoid emergency dentistry procedures later on. This is important for both children and adults, as it’s never too late to up your dental hygiene routine.
There are three ways you can protect your teeth and your children’s teeth this October:
- Brush twice a day and floss once a day. Recent suggestions from the federal government’s dietary guidelines have put the importance of flossing under scrutiny, but flossing removes harmful bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and prevents the introduction of bad bacteria into your blood stream.
- Rinse with mouthwash. This is especially vital during this candy-crazed holiday. Rinse your mouth for at least 30 seconds and use anytime of the day to freshen up your breath and fight bacteria.
- Come in for a routine cleaning. Even if you floss, brush and rinse with mouthwash after every meal, you’re still going to have some plaque buildup throughout the year. Coming to our Pleasant Hill office every six months for dental cleanings and exams will keep your teeth in good condition and allow our dentist to identify any potential problems before they worsen.
Of course, the most effective way to stop Halloween from wreaking havoc on your teeth and gums is by sticking to low-sugar snacks, but where’s the fun in that?
Call our dentist in Pleasant Hill today at (816) 844-7344 to schedule your dental cleaning and exam. Robert M. Davis, DDS & Associates provide experienced dentistry services to patients in Pleasant Hill, Raytown and throughout the Kansas City and Mid-Missouri areas.