March Is National Oral Health Month!

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In March, we celebrate National Oral Health Month, a time dedicated to promoting good oral hygiene and raising awareness about the importance of ongoing dental care.

Why Is Oral Health Important?

Overall health is directly impacted by oral health. The mouth is the first point of entry to the body and is filled with bacteria. The majority of bacteria in your mouth is harmless but poor oral hygiene promotes an environment where the harmful bacteria thrive. In many cases, this harmful bacteria enters your digestive and respiratory tracts and can cause diseases.

Inflammation of the gums or active cavities can lead to systemic issues such as cardiovascular disease, endocarditis, pregnancy and birth complications. There are many recent studies that even link memory issues like dementia to poor oral health.

It is essential to practice good oral hygiene daily in order to protect your oral health. The following are some tips that make an impactful difference to your smile:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Use an electric toothbrush (which is significantly more effective than a manual brush) together with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss down and between all teeth daily. Using a Waterpik is also a wonderful adjunct tool to flossing.
  • Use mouthwash (without alcohol) to remove food particles after meals.
  • Avoid tobacco use of any kind.
  • Eat a healthy diet by limiting sugary foods and drinks.
  • Replace your toothbrush head every three months or sooner if the bristles are splayed or worn.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings.

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A healthy smile is one of the best investments you can make when it comes to your dental health, general health and self-confidence. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Kime Whitman and our Leesburg Family and Cosmetic Dentistry team are here to help you with all of your dental needs. Please give us a call at 703-831-3952 to learn more or to schedule your next dental cleaning and checkup. Your smile will thank you!