October and fall is here once again. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Dental Hygiene Month. This is an opportunity to increase awareness and help to prevent problems by observing your wellbeing and being mindful of your day to day lifestyle choices. Regardless of whether you are battling cancer or dental issues, catching these problems in their infancy helps increase the rate of success.
With regards to breast cancer awareness, you can get some answers by contacting nearby and national efforts to teach yourself about steps you can take to anticipate and battle this malady. What’s more, your general wellbeing may have an affect your oral wellbeing, and the other way around. According to the American Cancer Society, all woman should have a breast exam by a doctor every 2-3 years from the age of 20-39, and from that point onward, yearly at age 40. The ACS likewise strongly suggests performing self-exams monthly. With regards to your everyday habits, eating a balanced diet, restricting liquor intake and abstaining from smoking can enable you to tip the balance in preventing this lethal malady.
October is when we praise the work dental hygienists do to secure your oral wellbeing and to prevent and identify dental issues. National Dental Hygiene Month is the time of year to stress the importance of keeping regular dental visits to catch dental issues when they are most easily treated. As with breast cancer, abstaining from smoking (or tobacco in any shape) and restricting liquor intake can enable you to avoid oral cancer. Additionally there are steps you can take to fend off oral cancer:
What You Can Do:
– Avoid smoking and tobacco in the entirety of its structures.
– Limit liquor use or abstain from drinking.
– Avoid excessive exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Utilize broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF of 30 or more to help protect exposed skin.
– Shield your lips with a lip ointment containing SPF at least 30 when you are outside.
– Have a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes and garlic, and fruits like berries, red grapes and citrus all contain cancer-fighting phytonutrients and compounds.
– Keep up with all normal dental checkups.
When you see our dentists and hygienists for your routine cleanings and exams, we will be checking for oral cancer. This disease can appear on the lips, inside your mouth, on the salivary organs, your tonsils, the back of the throat, on your tongue or throat. If you are currently being treated for cancer with either radiation or chemotherapy, your dental health can be affected so it’s essential to check for issues.
With regards to your every day oral hygiene habits, you will want to maintain healthy teeth and gums to avoid oral cancer and other dental problems. As part of National Dental Hygiene month, we urge you to pursue the advice of the American Dental Association.
Dental Hygiene Tips
– Brush two times per day with a toothbrush that fits into your mouth effortlessly. Brush the surfaces of every one of your teeth – the front, back, and tops – and especially do not forget the ones in the back. You should also brush your tongue to combat the bacteria in the mouth and battle halitosis (bad breath).
– Floss between the teeth and around the gum line at least once per day. Make certain you clean between your teeth every day to combat the build-up or hardening of dental plaque.
– Rinse with a non-alcohol antimicrobial mouthwash to eliminate bacteria and biofilm that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
– Chewing sugar free gum for 20 minutes after eating will produce more saliva which is very effective at limiting destructive acids and washes away any lingering bacteria.
By brushing, flossing, eating well daily and checking your mouth monthly for signs of dental problems will be effective in ensuring your wellbeing for a lifetime of bright smiles. For October, we urge you to assess your general health including your dental oral health. By performing these preventative strategies, you will ensure a greater success rate in preventing bodily and dental health problems. We are always here to help you with your daily efforts!