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National Dental Hygiene Month: Time for a Check-Up with Your Petworth Dental Team

Oral health should be a priority all year round, but given that October is National Dental Hygiene Month, Dr. Fitzpatrick and our dental team in Petworth are excited to extend a warm invitation to you (and your family) for your end-of-year dental check-up and cleaning.

Beyond just aesthetics, a healthy smile is your gateway to overall well-being. Poor oral health can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums, leading to dental issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss.

Prioritizing Your Oral Health

National Dental Hygiene Month is a reminder to put your oral health front and center. Here are some strategies to ensure your oral hygiene is taking priority:

  1. Daily Oral Care Rituals: Brush and floss ideally after every meal to prevent lingering food particles from causing dental problems. Brushing once in the morning and before bed is the minimum we recommend.

  2. Regular Dental Check-Ups: Visit your trusted Petworth dentist twice a year for professional dental examinations and cleanings. Our role is not just to maintain your oral health but to catch any signs of trouble early on so we can see to it before it’s painful or costly to you.

  3. Change Your Toothbrush: You should be changing your toothbrush every three months. If the bristles on your brush are splaying out, it’s definitely time for a new one! We recommend an electric toothbrush as this is more effective than manual brushing.

  4. Include the Whole Family: By making oral care fun, you can instill good dental habits to the whole family. We suggest putting on your kid’s favorite song on or using a special timer to make sure they brush for long enough. Also, let them choose the flavor of their toothpaste to help them feel more involved in their oral health journey.

  5. Invest in Your Smile: If you have a misaligned bite or overlapping teeth, it can make keeping your teeth clean more difficult. It’s important to speak to Dr. Fitz about your oral health goals and prioritize correcting your dental issues as the more you invest in your teeth, the more committed you will be to keep them healthy in the long term.

Dr. Fitz and our dedicated team eagerly await the opportunity to help you achieve your best smile. Visit us at your trusted local dental office, serving Petworth and DC residents to create healthier, brighter smiles.


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