April is Oral Health Month! With the pandemic on the rise and self-isolation in action, you’re already focused on your overall health. This is a great opportunity to keep your smile happy and healthy too.
Here’s how to do it right:
1. Remember to floss
Brushing your teeth only clean 60% of your teeth? That’s right, if you forget to floss, you miss out on cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces. Be sure to brush and floss at least twice a day!
2. Give your gums some love
Did you know between 15–20% of adults ages 35 to 44 have severe gum disease? Don’t fret, you can give your gums a fighting chance before even scheduling an appointment with us.
You can avoid gingivitis by:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice a day or, after each meal
- Using an electric toothbrush to thoroughly clean your tooth surfaces
- Ensuring that your toothbrush has soft or extra-soft bristles
- Replace your toothbrush every three months
- Flossing daily
- Using a mouthwash
- Limiting your consumption of sugar, carbonated beverages, coffee and tobacco
3. Don’t neglect your tongue
We all know that plaque can also build up on your teeth, but did you know it can build up on your tongue? Not only can this cause bad breath, but it can also lead to other oral health problems. Fight this by gently brushing your tongue every time you brush your teeth.
At Palladium Dental, we care about your smile as much as your general health. We wish for all our clients to be safe and healthy during these trying times. While we aren’t currently booking non-emergency appointments, we hope these helpful tips can come in handy in the meantime.