Every October the American Dental Hygienist' Association attempts to raise awareness and promote good oral health. We want to remind you that your teeth and gums are an integral part of total body health!
Your Birmingham dentist, Dr. Thomas Cosgrove, would like to share the American Dental Associations simple tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy:
Brush twice a day for two minutes at a time
Most patients brush their teeth twice daily but research shows that a large number of patients are brushing for less than one minute at a time. Brushing for the full two minutes can reduce plaque buildup which helps prevent gum disease and cavities.
While brushing is important, it can only do so much for your overall oral health. Your toothbrush can not reach in between your teeth or underneath the gum line Flossing is equally important because it removes food particles and plaque from between the teeth and below the gum line Flossing also helps prevent gum disease and cavities.
Rinse with an ADA accepted mouthwash
Many people are unaware that the ADA now recommends rinsing with an anti-microbial mouthwash. Both plaque and gingivitis are reduced by supplementing your daily routine with a mouthwash. There are many brands available, choose a brand that carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance. If you have questions about which mouthwash is right for you, call our office at (205)967-4080 today!
Chew Sugar Free Gum
Clinical studies have shown that chewing a sugar free gum 20 minutes after a meal can help prevent cavities. Look for chewing gum that carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Remember that this is not a substitute for brushing and flossing!
Lastly, has it been 6 months since your last visit? If the answer is yes, we encourage you to schedule a checkup by calling our Birmingham dentist office at (205)967-4080. We proudly serve patients from Birmingham, Vestavia Hills, Cahaba Heights, Inverness, Mountain Brook, Homewood and all neighboring communities.