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October is here, and at Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry we are celebrating National Dental Hygiene Month as well as Halloween! Dr. Holsteen and our experienced team want to wish our patients a healthy fall holiday season. National Dental Hygiene Month is kicking off its October festivities with the message, “Do The Daily 4.” These are the four most important things you can do every day to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

“Do The Daily 4”

1-Brush

Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Doing this will remove plaque to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

2-Floss

Clean between your teeth once a day, using dental floss or interdental brushes. Doing this will remove food particles and plaque in those places where your toothbrush can’t reach.

3-Mouthwash

Rinsing with an anti-microbial mouthwash once a day can help freshen breath and help prevent gum disease.

4-Sugarless Gum

While this one may surprise you, chewing sugarless gum actually boosts your daily regimen by “cleaning” 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. Our team recommends sugarless gum that is made with xylitol – a naturally occurring sweetener that actually works with your saliva to reduce bacteria in the mouth!

To protect your smile, we encourage you to adopt The Daily 4 into your oral hygiene routine and celebrate the month’s festivities sensibly. Stick to sweets such as powdered candies which dissolve easily, and avoid chewy, hard, or sticky candy. If you can’t brush your teeth after snacking and you don’t have sugarless gum with you, rinse your mouth with water and swish well to help rinse away the sugars in your mouth and reduce your chance of developing cavities.

We hope you find these tips helpful for you and your family. If you have any questions about your oral health, or would like to schedule a dental check-up, please call 719-598-3502 today. Dr. Holsteen and the rest of our team wish you and yours a frightfully healthy Halloween!