October is both National Dental Hygiene Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month and your dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych is asking you to join him in celebrating both causes.
This month marks the fifth consecutive year that the month of October has been designated to helping raise public awareness about good oral health during National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM).
According to your dentist Columbia, the focus on NDHM this year again centers around the four components of good oral health maintenance: brushing teeth twice daily, flossing every day, rinsing with mouthwash and chewing sugar-free gum. Patients can use the following best practices and apply it to their daily oral health regimen.
Research shows that brushing for two minutes is the single most important method for reducing plaque and preventing cavities, gingivitis and other plaque-related diseases.
Daily flossing removes plaque and food particles that cannot be reached by a toothbrush, particularly under the gum line and between teeth.
According to your dentist Columbia, rinsing your mouth with an anti-microbial mouth rinse each day is another important step you can take to prevent gum disease.
Chewing sugar-free gum after eating is clinically proven to be an important part of good oral health.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Helping Women Now!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
A variety of events around the world are organized in October, including walks and runs, and the pink illumination of landmark buildings. In the United States, the National Football League promotes breast cancer awareness by incorporating pink on and off the field, and comic strip artists use pink on one day in October.
Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month.
While mammograms can help you to detect cancer before you can feel a lump, breast self-exams help you to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel so you can alert your healthcare professional if there are any changes.
Join dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych and his staff in supporting these two vital causes this month!