Portsmouth Periodontist on The Importance of Hygiene


Injust a few days, we will be in the midst of October! Not only does that mean cooler temperatures, leaves falling and some spooky treats to protect the kids mouth from at the end of the month, but it also means National Dental Hygiene Month has arrived!


Every October dentists like your Portsmouth periodontist make a push to educate patients about the importance of oral hygiene, as well as encouraging them to make one of their twice-yearly cleaning and exam appointments!


Why push to inform the public about the importance of dental hygiene though?


Well, because tooth decay and gum disease are not only some of the most common issues for people of all ages and locations to battle- but because they also have greater implications.


Links between heart disease, diabetes, lung problems, allergies and more are being linked to ailments such as gum disease…and where can the prevention start for these? A great oral health regimen and amazing dental hygiene.


The focus of the National Dental Hygiene Month is to educate patients in the importance of four key factors:

1)      Brush your teeth twice daily for at least two minutes per session

2)      Floss every single day

3)      Rinse with mouthwash

4)      Chew sugar-free gum after a meal to fight tooth decay and stimulate saliva


By utilizing these behaviors, as well as by eating healthy and making twice-yearly appointments for cleanings and routine exams- a patient’s oral health, and thus whole body health, can thrive for years to come.


For more information on National Dental Hygiene Month, you can head to the official website of the ADHA (the American Dental Hygienists’ Association) by Clicking Here!


Keep not just your oral health, but your whole body health amazing by keeping on top of your oral hygiene! For any questions or to schedule an appointment with your Portsmouth periodontist, call our office today at (603) 436-7787.

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