Our Dentist Office in Antioch Celebrates Dental Hygiene!
Every October, we celebrate National Dental Hygiene month. This important month-long dental holiday highlights the importance oral hygiene plays in our overall well-being. It also gives us the opportunity to share tips for keeping your family’s teeth and mouth strong and healthy.
Below, our dentist office in Antioch shares more about dental hygiene month, tips for creating and keeping a dental health plan, and fun facts about our Montee Dental hygienists.
Why Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month
Fresh breath, strong gums, and healthy teeth are important to our overall health. Without them we can’t eat our favorite foods, talk to our friends and family, or entertain in social settings.
That’s why our dentist office takes the time celebrate National Dental Hygiene month. We want you and your family to be able to enjoy all the great things in life, including a bright, white smile!
National Dental Hygiene month started in 2009 by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and Wrigley. These two companies came together to help families learn more about proper oral hygiene and oral health care. By providing resources, tips, and tricks, they’re arming families with the knowledge to take care of their teeth and smile for years to come.
Not only should our dental office celebrate National Dental Hygiene month, but you should too! How can you celebrate your dental hygiene in October? By setting and sticking to a dental routine.
Dental Routines Keep Your Teeth Healthy & Strong
Just like you have a morning routine or a workout regimen, you and your family should also have a daily dental routine. Creating and sticking to this routine will help prevent tartar buildup, cavities, and other oral health diseases.
What types of activities should be in your dental routine?
Brushing your teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed
Flossing your teeth in the morning
Rinsing your mouth with mouthwash in the morning
And here’s why:
Brushing Your Teeth Twice a Day
Brushing your teeth is one of the most important things you can do to keep your teeth healthy and white. The bristles from your toothbrush remove plaque, food particles, and more from your teeth.
We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once before going to bed. You can also brush them after lunch to remove food particles, however that is completely up to you.
You can keep brushing fun for the kids by letting them choose their toothbrush and toothpaste. The more involved they are in their dental routine, they more likely they are to stick to it… even if they need some nudging from you.
Flossing in the Morning
Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth. This is because it helps removes particles, tartar, and plaque from in between your teeth. By not flossing, leftover particles build and infect your gums, which can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease, and other oral health issues.
If you need help flossing, we can show you how the next time you visit our dental office in Antioch. We can also help your kids learn how to floss properly to protect their teeth and gums. This way, you can floss together while enjoying some quality time.
Mouthwash does more than give your breath minty freshness. After you’ve brushed and flossed, swishing mouthwash can help remove loose particles from your teeth and gums.
Mouthwash comes in a variety of flavors, including some made just for kids, helping you instill healthy mouthwash habits for your whole family.
Routines can take time to become habit. Don’t get discouraged if you forget to floss or rinse with mouthwash the second day, or even the third day, of your updated dental routine. Just keep pushing forward - eventually you’ll be brushing, flossing, and rinsing everyday as planned.
We’re Celebrating Our Dental Hygienists Too!
Not only are we celebrating dental hygiene, our dentist office is also celebrating our hardworking dental hygienists. Below we’re spotlighting each of Montee’s dental hygienists, sharing their hobbies, favorite movies and food, and dental advice.
Hobbies: Being mommy to 2 boys, family vacations, reading, watching This Is Us
Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride
Favorite Food: Italian
Best Dental Advice to Keep Your Mouth Clean: Take care of your teeth twice daily and they will take care of you for a lifetime!
Hobby: I love taking pictures. Photography is my hobby.
Favorite Movie: The Notebook
Favorite food: I am a picky eater so when I like something it’s a miracle. I love lasagna though
Best Dental Advice to Keep Your Mouth Clean: I always tell my patients you don't have to brush or floss all your teeth; just the ones you want to keep. :)
Hobby: I love spending time with my new hubby and I am obsessed with music. Concerts are my thing.
Favorite Movie: Titanic
Favorite Food: This is a tough question. However, I am always down for some Mexican food.
Best Dental Advice To Patients to Keep Your Mouth Clean: I tell all my patients to try the water pik, because it is much more easier to access those hard to reach areas.
Our dental hygienists love working with you and your family, and helping keep your teeth healthy and strong.
Celebrate Your Dental Hygiene Everyday
Even though October is National Dental Hygiene month, that doesn’t mean you can’t and shouldn’t celebrate your teeth and gums everyday of the year. Practicing healthy oral habits ensures your mouth stays clean year round - and makes it easier for our dental hygienists to clean your teeth at your routine dental cleaning appointments :)
Don’t delay in scheduling your next teeth cleaning appointment at our Antioch dentist office. To make an appointment, call 615-471-4727 or contact us online.