Welcome to Frandsen Dental online! October is finally here and autumn is officially in full swing. This month we celebrate Halloween, National Dental Hygiene month, and National Orthodontic Health month. At Frandsen Dental in West Jordan, Utah, Dr. Frandsen and Dr. Dansie want to wish our patients a happy fall season while taking care of their healthy smiles.
National Dental Hygiene Month is kicking off the festivities with its message–known as “Do The Daily 4”. These are the four most important things you can do every day to fend off tooth decay and gum disease.
1-Brushing: 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-Flossing: 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 find a mouthwash with the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging to ensure that the product is both safe AND effective.
4-Sugarless Gum: chewing sugarless gum actually boosts 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.
In addition to adopting The Daily 4, celebrate the Halloween festivities by sticking to sweets such as powdered candies which dissolve easily, and avoid chewy and hard, sticky candy. If you can’t brush your teeth after snacking on treats, drink water or milk after snacking. Water helps rinse away bacterial film and milk has a high pH to offset the acid in the candy.
If you have any questions about your oral hygiene routine, or want to schedule a dental checkup and cleaning, please call our dedicated team in West Jordan, Utah at 801-890-0030. Dr. Frandsen and Dr. Dansie along with the rest of our team wish you and your family a spookily healthy Halloween!