shutterstock_426031795World Oral Health Day is on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018. The annual day is part of a larger campaign to promote global awareness of proper dental habits. This year’s event theme is “Say Ahh: Think Mouth Think Health,” promoting preventative oral hygiene to maintain the rest of the body’s health. The correlation between teeth and gum health and problems with the heart is a relatively new discovery, and if you skip your regular dental checkup, you may be left unaware of the risks of neglecting your mouth.

Maintaining Proper Dental Care at Home

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy start at home. Brushing your teeth twice per day, rinsing with mouthwash and flossing at least once per day reduces plaque and tartar buildup. Plaque can begin eating away at your teeth and begin infecting your gums, causing them to become inflamed. You should be brushing using a toothbrush labeled with the ADA seal and soft bristles. While brushing your teeth, hold the brush at a slight angle and move in short, back and forth strokes. Make sure you cover each surface of each tooth to remove every particle. As the bristles begin to fray, replace your toothbrush, You should replace your toothbrush every three months to prevent bacteria buildup.

Keeping Regular Dentist Appointments

Every six months, you should be making an appointment with your dentist for a checkup and cleaning to remove residue and dislodge food particles in tough-to-reach areas of your mouth. During your checkup, your dentist will also screen for potential issues forming in your mouth, from cavities and impacted teeth to oral cancer. Keeping your appointments will allow your dentist to detect problems early, allowing for easier and timelier resolution.

Prevention Care & General Dentistry in Newton, MA

If you are interested in scheduling a cleaning, contact Newton Dental Associates today! We will go through tooth by tooth and discuss any concerns we have regarding shifting and discoloration. Newton Dental Associates can be reached by calling 617-965-0060 or filling out our online contact form.