By: Alicia Ambrose
April is known for its showers that will eventually bring beautiful May flowers, but there is something else that April is known for, although it might not be as well wide-spread as it should be: Oral Health Month.
Good oral practices are just as important as any other personal hygiene routine that you might practice. Many people today focus on having healthy hair and bodies more than they do on having healthy mouths. AS National Oral Health Month draws to a close I have a few suggestions to help you and your family increase healthy oral habits in your day-to-day activities.
Brush Twice a Day. Speaking from personal experience I know how hard this can be sometimes. However, there are ways to make it fun!
- Download a cool app (like Brush DJ) that will play music while you brush for the recommended 2 minutes.
- Keep a toothbrush with you at work so that if you’re running late you can still get in that morning brush after your breakfast on the run.
- Get a sticker chart. Sticker charts are fun for all ages – set a goal and reward yourself (or your kids) with something fun when you complete it!
Eat a healthy diet.
- Focusing on having a healthy body is not a bad thing – as long as you give equal focus to other areas that need to be taken care of regularly. Having a healthy diet will help lessen the bacteria and prevent tooth decay.
Drink lots of water.
- Coffee, juice, tea, and soda are popular beverages and fun for many consumers, but should be tracked with moderation to help prevent plaque buildup which causes cavities.
Visit your dentist regularly.
- This is key as your dentist will can help catch all sorts of cavities, disease even oral cancer. Catching any disease or cancer in the early stages is vital to a full recovery.
Having a healthy mouth is not hard to do and is well worth your time. As Oral Health Month ends, may we all strive to improve upon our oral health practices in order to have the healthiest lives possible.