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May is National Dental Care Month

You can keep your teeth for your lifetime. Here are some things you can do to maintain a healthy mouth and strong teeth:

  • Drink fluoridated water and brush with fluoride toothpaste.

  • Practice good oral hygiene. Brush teeth thoroughly twice a day and floss daily between the teeth to remove dental plaque.

  • Visit your dentist at least once a year, even if you have no natural teeth or have dentures.

  • Do not use any tobacco products. If you smoke, quit.

  • Limit alcoholic drinks.

  • If you have diabetes, work to maintain control of the disease. This will decrease risk for other complications, including gum disease. Treating gum disease may help lower your blood sugar level.

  • If your medication causes dry mouth, ask your doctor for a different medication that may not cause this condition. If dry mouth cannot be avoided, drink plenty of water, chew sugarless gum, and avoid tobacco products and alcohol.

  • See your doctor or a dentist if you have sudden changes in taste and smell.

  • When acting as a caregiver, help older individuals brush and floss their teeth if they are not able to perform these activities independently (CDC.gov).

MARYLAND LICENSED DENTISTS, DENTAL HYGIENISTS, AND DENTAL RADIATION TECHNOLOGISTS MAY ADMINISTER THE COVID-19 VACCINE UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS No. MDH 2020-12-08-01

MCDHA is a professional organization representing our members, the registered dental hygienists of Montgomery County, Maryland. Our local component offers continuing education courses for relicensure and networking for our members and colleagues of the dental profession.

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