Did you know that October is not only home to Halloween but also National Dental Hygiene Month? It’s true – the sugariest holiday on the calendar is also the month we should focus on our dental health and how we can improve our daily dental routines. Sure, we know the basics, but you may be surprised to know you may have picked up a habit or two that isn’t kosher with optimum dental care.

In general, proper oral care involves these four steps:

  • Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each session
  • Flossing once a day, ideally before bed
  • Limiting the amount of sugar you consume
  • Visiting the dentist every 3-6 months for regular checkups and professional cleanings

The idea of having to brush your teeth for two whole minutes may come as a surprise, but it is the suggested time frame you should be aiming for in order to properly maintain your bright grin. To put it in perspective, the average person spends around 30 seconds brushing their teeth. When brushing your teeth, use short, gentle strokes with a soft-bristled toothbrush, paying extra attention to your gums, the back teeth and areas around dental work.

When flossing, hold 1-2 inches of an 18-inch length of floss between your thumbs and index fingers, then gently slide it in between the gaps of your teeth.

Remember, brushing and flossing are two of the most important things in making sure that you have a beautiful and healthy smile, so proper technique is a definite must.

If you would like further information regarding autumn dental tips, contact Tory Hill Dental at 207-929-6626 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit toryhilldental.com for additional information.