October is National Dental Hygiene Month and for the next 31 days we will be discussing the benefits of Good Oral Hygiene and its effects on your overall health and well-being. In this first week we welcome you to The DC Dentist a Holistic, Biological & Eco-Friendly Dental Office located on Capitol Hill near Eastern Market at 509 11th St. SE and we want you to see the benefits of seeing a holistic, biological and eco-friendly dentist.
Think of your mouth as the gateway to your overall health and well-being.
Floss, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Rinse and your phone. Yes a phone can be used in a couple of ways, but first let’s schedule your next cleaning and exam by calling your favorite holistic dentist at 202-544-3626 today.
Our Dental Hygienists recommend electric toothbrushes with a round head, similar to the tools used in our office. If using an electric or manual toothbrush please remember to change the head every 3 months or sooner if you’ve been sick or if you see the bristles of your brush are frayed. Soft brush heads work best especially for the rigorous brusher.
Floss removes debris from between the teeth. Flossing is best done before bed every night and after every meal. As you floss it’s best to move the floss between your teeth and up under the gums. If you see blood, make an appointment to see our holistic dentist.
Every rinse is not the same and when reading ingredients be sure the rinse does not contain alcohol. As alcohol can cause your mouth to become dry. Rinse after flossing and brushing to help clear any other debris that you may have missed.
Toothpaste is important as well. You only need a pea size amount on your brush. Use a natural toothpaste free of chemicals. Remember to read your labels carefully.
Remember your phone, there is an app you can use with your electric toothbrush to see which areas you may be missing while brushing. You may also ask your hygienist at your next appointment for brushing and flossing techniques, as they are here to help you. X-rays help your dental team see where tarter lies beneath the gums and where cavities could be developing.
You’ve made it through your first full week of National Dental Hygiene Month. Let’s recap: You made your 6 month dental appointment, you’re flossing before brushing followed by rinsing and this takes place at least two times per day. Your cell phone can also be used as a timer so you can make sure you are brushing for at least two minutes. Now we can move on to The Importance of Dental Hygiene over the next two weeks.