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March 20th is World Oral Health Day, a day in which we commemorate the importance of taking care of your mouth, teeth, and gums. Your mouth is important – it helps you eat, speak, and smile. Consider these 5 oral health tips and inspire others to make oral health a priority this month and always.

1. Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day

Brush your teeth properly twice a day – once upon waking up and again before bed. Brushing should take two minutes and be done with fluoride toothpaste to defend against tooth decay and destroy germs. Be gentle – brushing too hard can damage your enamel and increase tooth sensitivity… and don’t forget to change your toothbrush at least every three months!

2. Drink More Water

Did you know that sugary drinks are the number one source of added sugars in the United States? Or that those who drink sugary drinks experience a higher risk of cavities? Ditch the sugary juices and sodas in favor of drinking water or unsweetened tea. Not only is drinking water plain better for your health, but it can also reduce the negative effects of any sticky, acidic foods and beverages you consume throughout the day.

3. Limit Sugary Food

Likewise, limit your intake of sugary, acidic foods. Sugar transforms into acid once it reaches the mouth. And this acid can lead to enamel erosion and cavities. While you may not be able to avoid acidic foods altogether, at least consider reducing your intake of candies and treats in order to protect your teeth.

4. Floss Properly & Use Mouthwash

Flossing and using mouthwash is just as important as brushing. Many people who brush regularly, forget the importance of flossing, which can stimulate the gums, reduce plaque, and lower inflammation. Floss at least once a day to reap the benefits, and use mouth wash to balance your oral health, reach hard to brush places, and reduce acid.

5. Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year

Lastly, don’t forget to see your dentist the ADA recommended twice a year! Regular teeth cleanings and check-ups are surefire ways to reduce your risk of developing serious oral health issues as they are a way to spot potential concerns and create treatment plans. Even those who follow all of these other tips MUST visit a dentist regularly, so don’t skip out – especially if you have concerns about your oral health.

World Oral Health Day

For this World Oral Health Day, it’s important to raise global awareness of the issues surrounding oral health and the ways to keep up good oral hygiene habits! And if you’re looking for transportation to and from your dental appointments, consider ABBA Medical Transportation!