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Were you aware that not only is October a month of trick-or-treating, spooky decorations, and costume parties, but it is also National Dental Hygiene Month? At Frandsen Dental in Orem, Utah, we are excited to share the National Dental Hygiene Month message of Do The Daily 4,  a message designed to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Dr. Colton Rich, Dr. David Prince, and Dr. Dan Dansie work hard every day to create oral health awareness for our patients, and these four daily habits will help you have a stellar smile:

Do The Daily 4

#1 Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time lessens plaque to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

#2 Flossing in between your teeth and gums once a day–using dental floss or interdental brushes–to remove food particles and plaque in those places where your toothbrush can’t clean effectively.

#3 Rinsing with an ADA approved anti-microbial mouthwash once a day to freshen breath and prevent gum disease.

#4 Chewing sugarless gum to “clean” your teeth for those times you can’t brush after eating and drinking. Chewing stimulates saliva production which neutralizes plaque acids, remineralizes enamel, and washes away food particles.

Spooktacularly Healthy Halloween Tips

What do you do when your children are surrounded by candy and treats all month long, thanks to school activities, Halloween parties, and everyone being in a trick-or-treat mood to welcome the holiday season? Protect their smile by making festive fruit snacks and offering sweets which dissolve easily (like Smarties) while avoiding chewy, hard, and sticky candy.

Also, what can you do when your children have access to treats but can’t clean their teeth right away? Assuming sugarless gum isn’t handy, you can offer them water or milk. Water helps rinse away bacterial film and milk has a high pH to offset the acid produced by candy in the mouth.

You see, your loved ones don’t have to give up enjoying fun fall festivities while keeping their smiles healthy. Practice these oral health tips and they should be good to go. If you need to schedule a consultation, please feel free to call us at 801-224-7900 today. Dr. Colton Rich, Dr. David Prince, and Dr. Dan Dansie in Orem, Utah want to wish you and your loved ones a frightfully healthy October!