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October is finally here, and so is Breast Cancer Awareness month, National Dental Hygiene month, and National Orthodontic Health month! At our dental practice in Seguin, Texas, Dr. Lara Perry and our team want to wish our patients a happy fall season while taking care of their smile health. National Dental Hygiene month’s message is known as “Do The Daily 4”. These are the four most important parts of a preventative oral health regimen. They are comprised of:

–Brushing those pearly whites twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Doing this will lessen plaque to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

–Flossing in between your teeth and gums once a day. You can use dental floss or interdental brushes. Doing this will remove food particles and plaque in those places where your toothbrush can’t reach.

–Rinsing with an anti-microbial mouthwash once a day. This will help freshen breath, and most important of all, help prevent gum disease. Make sure to find a mouthwash with the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. This ensures the product is both safe AND effective.

–Chewing sugarless gum. This is to boost your daily regimen, by “cleaning” your teeth after eating and drinking when you can’t brush your teeth. Chewing stimulates saliva production which neutralizes plaque acids, remineralizes enamel and washes away food particles. Chewing sugar-free gum will get saliva on the job, stat!

So, what can you do to prepare your child for Halloween? You may consider having dental sealants put on their teeth to start. You can encourage them to eat candy that is easily rinsed away, such as powdered candies which dissolve easily, and to avoid chewy, or hard, sticky ones. You can also encourage them to drink water or milk after they snack on sweets. Water will help rinse away bacterial film, and milk has a high pH which offsets the acid in the candy.

If you would like to schedule a dental checkup for your child, please call our dedicated team in Seguin, Texas at 830-379-8902. Dr. Lara Perry and our team wish you and your family a frightfully healthy Halloween!