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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 E. John Moreno DMD Inc. in Irvine, California, 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. John Moreno and our team work hard every day to create oral health awareness for our patients, and these four daily habits can 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

You can encourage your family to enjoy healthy Halloween treats, by making fresh fruit snacks and have them stick to sweets which dissolve easily (like Smarties) while avoiding chewy, hard, and sticky candy.

For those times when you can’t brush your teeth after eating and don’t have sugarless gum handy, try having 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.

As you can see, you don’t have to give up enjoying the fall festivities to maintain healthy, beautiful smiles. To schedule a dental consultation, please call 949-487-9220. Dr. John Moreno and our team in Irvine, California wish you a frightfully healthy October!