While everyone is busy preparing for Valentine’s Day on February 14th, there is another little known holiday that takes place on February 9th — National Toothache Day. Contrary to the name, this day is not to celebrate the discomfort associated with a toothache, but rather to bring awareness to the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene in order to avoid the dreaded toothache.
Ways to Ensure Proper Oral Hygiene
The best way to ensure that your oral hygiene is on track is to maintain routine hygiene examinations and cleanings. We recommend visiting our office every six months for a cleaning and exam. There are certain circumstances when we recommend a shorter time frame, especially for patients who are in treatment for gum disease. During these appointments, we can detect any problem areas with your oral health and make any treatment recommendations that may be necessary. Completing needed treatments in a timely fashion helps patients avoid unnecessary oral discomfort and the need for additional treatments.
We also recommend following an oral hygiene routine to ensure you are getting the proper daily care for your teeth. We suggest brushing teeth for two minutes twice per day using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Patients should also be using dental floss at least once per day to remove any lingering food and bacteria that is trapped between the teeth and along the gumline. It is important to follow an oral hygiene routine every day, even during busy times of the year and when traveling.
Being mindful of your eating habits is important when considering your oral health. It is important to eat a balanced diet, being sure to eat sugary foods in moderation. We also recommend drinking plenty of water, especially after meals, to help wash away lingering food and bacteria.
If you are located in the Brunswick, GA area and it has been quite some time since your last appointment to our office or you are experiencing discomfort of any kind, it is important to contact our office to schedule an appointment.We want to help ensure you don’t experience any symptoms on National Toothache Day and instead you can celebrate your excellent oral health.