Amsterdam Dental Group joins the American Dental Hygienist’s Association (ADHA) and others in promoting the benefits of oral health maintenance during National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM). Throughout the month, we will share tips and resources to further awareness of this important part of overall health for people of all ages.
NDHM focuses on the four components of optimal oral health maintenance:
- Brushing teeth twice daily
- Rinsing with mouthwash
- Flossing every day
- Chewing sugar-free gum
Known as the “Daily 4” by many, these tips represent the foundation for healthy smiles. According to the ADHA, brushing for two minutes two times a day helps reduce biofilm and prevent caries, gingivitis and other diseases. Proper flossing or use of other interdental cleaning methods removes food particles and plaque that a toothbrush can’t reach.
They go on to add that rinsing targets other areas of the mouth and an antimicrobial mouth rinse helps further eliminate biofilm and bacteria. Chewing sugar-free gum after meals and snacks protects teeth by stimulating salivary glands to help clean out food particles and neutralize acids on the teeth.