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It’s National Dental Hygiene Month!

October is National Dental Hygiene Month and we want to make sure you’re doing everything in your power to keep up with your oral health. Read some awareness tips about brushing, flossing, and more from our cosmetic dentist in Highland Park.


What Is The Proper Brushing Technique?

We all know we have to brush our teeth for two minutes, twice a day, but did you know there’s a technique to bushing?

  • Proper Angle: Make sure your toothbrush is at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
  • Avoid Brushing Vigorously: You should brush your teeth gently back and forth in tooth-wide strokes.
  • The Correct Order: First brush the outer surfaces of your teeth, followed by the inner surfaces and chewing surfaces. This way you know you’ve reached every area possible in your mouth. 
  • Don’t Neglect Your Tongue: After you’ve finished covering all areas of your teeth and gums, don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove the bacteria and keep your breath fresh.


Selecting The Right Dental Products

Understanding which product is right for you can be difficult since there are so many types of toothbrushes, kinds of toothpaste, and other oral care products on the market. Here’s what to look for in each product.

  • Toothbrush: You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush as it’s best for removing plaque and debris. Pick a size that is comfortable for you and make sure you are replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. 
  • Toothpaste: Use a fluoride-based toothpaste to help strengthen your teeth enamel. Any toothpaste you decide to use should have the American Dental Association acceptance seal. 
  • Mouthwash: Anti-bacterial mouthwash helps to control plaque and freshen your breath.
  • Floss: This product comes in many different coatings and sizes, so make sure you are picking a floss that works best for you. For example, if you have braces, consider using a waxed floss as it’s less likely to get caught in your wires and brackets.


Contact us today if you have any questions regarding your oral health. Consider a teeth whitening treatment for National Dental Hygiene Month at your cosmetic dentist in Highland Park.

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