October Is Not Just for Halloween

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Our Dentists at Memorial Park team in Houston, Texas, along with Dr. Catalina Cruz Johnson are excited to wish you and your family a healthy Halloween. To help you do so effectively, we would like to share some tips from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. October isn’t just a time to kick off the holidays with Halloween, it is also the National Dental Hygiene Month’s message of Do The Daily 4. This message is designed to help and your loved ones prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

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.

In addition to doing the daily four, you can help your kids make healthy choices. Instead of bowls with candy, you can decorate small oranges, tangerines or clementines like jack-o-lanterns with non-toxic ink to fill your bowls at home.

Sweets aren’t the only way to celebrate the holiday. You can help your kids celebrate with non-sugary treats. Reward them throughout the month with festive treats such as themed toothbrushes, pencils, erasers, stickers, temporary tattoos, glow sticks, play-doh, sticky spooky eyeballs and wiggly spider rings.

At Dentists at Memorial Park in Houston, Texas, Dr. Catalina Cruz Johnson and our dedicated team wish you and your loved ones a safe, healthy, happy Halloween! If you have any questions about your oral health or would like to schedule a visit, please call 713-861-8323 today.