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Smile! It’s Dental Hygiene Month

Did you know teeth are similar to fingerprints in that they’re all different? Our mouths are a vital part of everyday life, helping us to eat and taste and communicate with one another. October is National Dental Hygiene Month, dedicated to spreading awareness of good oral hygiene. We are celebrating the work of our dental hygienists and their dedication to helping injured workers lead healthier lives.

Check out these quick and easy tips you can put in place today to ensure your mouth is happy and healthy!

Eliminate potentially harmful bacteria by brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes, flossing at least once per day and swishing with mouthwash for 30 seconds. Don’t forget to brush your gums and tongue! These two places accumulate bacteria that cause bad breath, gingivitis and other infections.

Proper Brushing Makes a Difference!

You may think as long as there’s toothpaste on the brush, that’s all it takes, but there is a proper way to brush your teeth.

  • Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gums
  • Gently move the brush back and forth in short, tooth-wide strokes
  • Make sure to brush all surfaces of the teeth; one third of each tooth is under your gums, hence the importance of including your gums, tongue and chewing surfaces

What is Tooth Enamel, and Why is it Important?

Tooth enamel is the hardest mineral part in our bodies – even stronger than bone. It is the outer, most visible layer of the tooth. Enamel is only partially responsible for the color of your tooth, as it is semi translucent, and can vary in color from yellow to white. It plays a very important role in protecting teeth from decay because it acts as a barrier from acids, plaques and sensitivity. While enamel is very strong, it can be chipped and since enamel doesn’t contain any living cells, it’s unable to regenerate. Try to limit hard, sugary or acidic foods and beverages to protect your enamel.

Three Cheers for Dental Hygienists!

Dental hygienists don’t just clean teeth, they also look for signs of disease and damage and provide other preventative care under a dentist’s supervision. Their additional responsibilities range anywhere from taking x-rays to administering local anesthetics. These responsibilities vary depending on the state in which they practice. Hygienists also teach their patients how to clean their mouth properly.

We sincerely thank the dental hygienists in our provider network for the work they do and their commitment to return injured workers back to work.

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References:

10 Things You Didn't Know About Your Teeth. (2018, June 7). Retrieved from Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/dental-and-oral-health/things-you-didnt-know-about-your-teeth#the-mouth-is-filled-with-bacteria

5 reasons why you need to brush your tongue. (2017, September 22). Retrieved from Ameritas: https://www.ameritasinsight.com/wellness/dental/brush-your-teeth-tongue

Brushing Your Teeth. (2018). Retrieved from Mouth Healthy: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/brushing-your-teeth

October Is National Dental Hygiene Month. (2018). Retrieved from Colgate: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/adult-oral-care/ada-october-is-national-dental-hygiene-month

SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT TEETH. (2017, December 12). Retrieved from Health University of Utah: https://healthcare.utah.edu/healthfeed/postings/2017/12/teeth-facts.php

What Is a Dental Hygienist? (2017, June 18). Retrieved from The Balance Careers: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/dental-hygienist-526006

What Is Tooth Enamel? (2018). Retrieved from Colgate: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/mouth-and-teeth-anatomy/what-is-tooth-enamel-0113

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