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Autumn is in full swing and Halloween is almost on our doorsteps. October is also National Dental Hygiene month, and at Rice Dentistry of Nellysford in Nellysford, Virginia, Drs. Jennifer and James Rice are excited to create awareness by sharing the Do The Daily 4 message.

The Daily Four are considered the most important things you can do every day to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. In honor of National Dental Hygiene month, we want to share this with you today:

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

2-Floss: floss in between your teeth and gums 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 will help freshen breath, and help prevent gum disease. Make sure to use a mouthwash with the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging to ensure that the product is both safe AND effective.

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.

Halloween tip: help your children and grandchildren enjoy healthy Halloween snacks by encouraging fresh fruit treats, and stick to sweets like powdered candies which dissolve easily while avoiding chewy, hard, and sticky candy. If they can’t brush their teeth after eating, provide them with water or milk–water helps rinse away bacterial film and milk has a high pH to offset the acid in the candy.

If you would like to schedule a professional dental cleaning for yourself or a loved one, please call 434-218-7020 in Nellysford, Virginia today. Drs. Jennifer and James Rice, along with the rest of our team, want to wish you and yours a spooktacularly healthy Halloween!