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Now that fall is officially in full swing and October celebrations are underway, Dr. William G. Kaylakie and our team in Austin, Texas, want to wish you and yours a safe, fun and healthy Halloween. To help you achieve this, we would like to share with you this month’s message from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association–Do The Daily 4.

Do The Daily 4 will help you strike a healthy balance between celebrating the holiday festivities and preserving those beautiful smiles you and your loved ones have worked so hard to achieve. We hope you will incorporate these practices of the National Dental Hygiene Month’s message:

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.

Halloween tip: you can fill kitchen bowls with small oranges, tangerines or clementines decorated like jack-o-lanterns with non-toxic ink–instead of sugary candy to encourage healthy eating. You can add non-sweet treats such as pencils, erasers, stickers, temporary tattoos, glow sticks, play-doh, sticky spooky eyeballs and wiggly spider rings.

These daily four practices are very much the four most important things you can do to maintain healthy smiles. Doing these along with routine dental cleanings will keep your smile healthy for years to come. Dr. William G. Kaylakie and our experienced team in Austin, Texas, wish you and your loved ones a safe and healthy Halloween. To schedule a visit, please call us today at 512-794-2822.