October is National Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month

National Dental Hygiene Month

Celebrate the work dental hygienists do and to help raise awareness on the importance of good oral health.

If you have a good dentist that is able to help you with your oral health and can help you keep your teeth, be grateful! I appreciate my dentist very, very much!

This year, the awareness month is focusing on four routines that can help people maintain healthy smiles:

  1. brush
  2. floss
  3. rinse
  4. and chew

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Dry Mouth

Since saliva plays such an important role in the oral cavity, decreased salivation can lead to many problems. If this condition persists for months or years, a patient may develop oral complications such as difficulty swallowing, severe and progressive tooth decay, oral infections (particularly fungal), or combinations of these.

As a result, detecting the early signs of dry mouth is critical. The dentist and/or dental hygienist can be instrumental in detecting one of the earliest signs, possibly before the patient is even aware of his or her dry mouth, by observing the amount of saliva pooled under/around the tongue during dental procedures. Little or no pooling of the saliva may indicate the patient is beginning to suffer from dry mouth. Other early signs to look for would be dental decay located at the necks of teeth next to the gums or on the chewing edges of teeth.

I have rampant tooth decay. My teeth are also very soft. They stick together like I have caramel stuck between my upper and lower teeth. It’s a very weird feeling. – Brenda Mueller

If you don’t have Sjogren’s or dry mouth, you still need to keep your appointments with the dentist. The health of your teeth can keep your whole body healthy.

7 Oral Hygiene Fun Facts

  1. Not too long ago, dentures were common wedding gifts in the British Isles. At that time, many people expected to lose all their teeth and had their teeth extracted at an early age.
  2. You are supposed to replace your toothbrush after you have an episode of flu, cold or other viral infections.
  3. It was customary during the middle ages to kiss a donkey if you had a toothache.
  4. The lifespan of a taste bud is about 10 days. The five known tastes detected by taste buds are: bitter, sour, salty, sweet, and umami. Umami was identified in 1908 by a Japanese research and the chemical responsible for it is monosodium glutamate.
  5. Coconuts are a natural anti-bacterial food and can help reduce the risk of developing gum disease and cavities.
  6. Tooth enamel is the hardest structure in the human body.
  7. The average human being produces 100,000 gallons of saliva during their lifetime.

7 Oral Hygiene Fun Facts #dental #autoimmune #brendamueller.com

 

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