Our dentists, Dr. Don Harvey and Dr. Sunny Choy, along with our team in Alpharetta, Georgia, want to wish you and your loved ones a fun and healthy Halloween now that fall is in full swing. To help you in this endeavor, we would like to share with you a message from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, known as “Do The Daily 4”.
These healthful practices will help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile, and they will also help you and your loved ones strike a healthy balance between celebrating the holiday festivities and preserving the smile you have worked so hard to create.
Do The Daily 4
1 – Brushing: brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time lessens plaque to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
2 – Flossing: floss 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: rinse with an ADA approved anti-microbial mouthwash once a day to freshen breath and prevent gum disease.
4 – Chewing: chew sugarless gum to “clean” your teeth for those times when you can’t brush after eating and drinking. This stimulates saliva production which neutralizes plaque acids, remineralizes enamel, and washes away food particles.
Healthy Halloween Tip: fill a bowl with small oranges, tangerines or clementines decorated to look like jack-o-lanterns (with non-toxic ink). You can also add non-sweet treats such as pencils, erasers, stickers, temporary tattoos, glow sticks, play-doh, sticky spooky eyeballs and wiggly spider rings for fun and leave it in the kitchen or dining room table.
If you can implement these daily practices and maintain routine professional dental cleanings, your smile health will improve and your teeth and gums will thank you! Please call 770-343-6565 if you have any questions or want to schedule a visit with our dentist. Dr. Don Harvey and Dr. Sunny Choy in Alpharetta, Georgia, wish you and yours a festive and healthy Halloween!