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Learn the basics of National Dental Hygiene Month
Updated: 10/19/2012 4:44:43 PM

Learn the basics of National Dental Hygiene Month  October is National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM), and many dentists have come together to encourage people to practice proper dental health habits. For example, Beverly Hills dentist Kevin Sands, D.D.S. recently announced that he has been promoting NDHM at his practice, and encourages his patients to focus on the four main components of dental health - brush, floss, rinse and chew.

First, it's important for people to brush their teeth twice a day, every day to remove plaque and leftover food particles. However, brushing alone is not enough, which is why individuals should floss once a day as well.

It's also important for people to rise with anti-microbial mouthwash to kill germs that are in other parts of the mouth that brushing and flossing miss.

Finally, it's recommended that people chew sugar-free gum after meals to stimulate saliva production to help wash away lingering bacteria.

If people follow these simple steps and visit the dentist regularly, they will greatly reduce their risk of experiencing gum disease, tooth decay and other dental health issues.

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