In accordance with October being National Dental Hygiene Month, your dental hygienist may be sharing more information about how to maintain your dental health with home care habits and products that can actually help in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. For instance, are you familiar with the “Daily 4” steps to better oral health? If not, they are BRUSH (twice a day), FLOSS (daily), RINSE (with mouthwash) and CHEW (sugar-free gum). Your hygienist can give you tips on how to brush and floss for the best results.

Tooth decay starts when the bacteria that thrive in your mouth combines with the sugars and starches from the foods that you eat to form a film of acidic plaque that clings to your teeth. If not washed away every day the acids will begin to eat away at your tooth enamel.

Plaque can also cause the gums to become inflamed and recede from the teeth leaving spaces, or ”pockets,” where bacteria can accumulate and do damage to the bone structure that supports the teeth. An antimicrobial mouthwash can help control the growth of oral bacteria for people who suffer from a moderate or advanced stage of gum disease and have had a deep cleaning procedure.

The chewing action increases the flow of your saliva which helps to remove more plaque from around and between your teeth. Chewing gum promotes that action, but make sure to buy a sugar-free formula.

Benson Hill Smiles caters to patient care and comfort. Call for your appointment today @ 425-529-5901 in Renton, WA.

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