October Is National Dental Hygiene Awareness Month

Toothbrush, dental floss and mouthwashNational Dental Hygiene Awareness Month is here to help raise awareness about oral health.  The most important thing to remember is, “brush, floss and rinse”.

Brushing for 2 minutes twice a day cleans teeth and gums effectively. Research has shown that brushing teeth for 2 minutes two times a day helps  reduce plaque, cavities and gingivitis.

Rinsing your mouth daily with an anti-microbial mouth rinse is another important step to prevent gingivitis. If gingivitis is left untreated  it will advance into periodontitis. Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease which causes bone loss around teeth which in turns becomes loose and eventually fall out. It is very important that you treat periodontal disease because it is associated with many other systemic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and premature births.

Also, hygiene is very important around dental Implants. Dental implants are posts that provide foundation for a fixed or removable denture.  It is very important that you keep the dental implant clean because you don’t want to develop an infection and get bone loss around the implants.

Maintenance or routine dental cleanings are very important not only around dental implants but also around your own teeth.  If you have any questions regarding how to maintain or clean your teeth or dental implants please contact Shine Dental Associates of the North Shore at 516-348-8500 for a complimentary consultation with our Board Certified Periodontist.

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