Just in time for Trick or Treat
Here’s a short and sweet list of oral health tips.
October – renowned for caramel apples, candy corn and all sorts of sugary-Halloween treats. But its also National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM) and a perfect time to remember “Oral Health = Overall Health!”
Preventing tooth decay and gum disease begins with a commitment to “Do The Daily 4” according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. For those who need a refresher, these four most important components include:
- Brush 2x a Day, for 2 Minutes
Reduce sticky-icky plaque. Prevent tooth decay. Lessen the likelihood of gum disease. Simply remember to brush your teeth for two minutes – once in the morning and before bed at night.
- Floss Daily
Reach the spaces a toothbrush won’t. Remove the food regular brushing can’t. Flossing will do both and more to prevent bad breath and avoid infection that can cause other health issues.
- Daily Rinsing with Mouthwash
Swish to the right. Swoosh to the left. By rinsing with an anti-microbial, ADA-approved mouthwash even once a day can go a long way in maintaining the best possible oral health.
- Chewing Sugar-Free Gum
On the go between meetings. No time before the soccer game. Grabbing a piece of sugar-free gum after meals stimulates saliva – a key natural defense in the fight against tooth decay.