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October kicks off the seasonal festivities with Halloween and autumnal parties, but October is also National Dental Hygiene Month. While we are always eager to spread awareness for oral health at Thomas E Ouellette, DDS, PC in Denver, Colorado, we are excited to share the National Dental Hygiene month message of Do The Daily 4. This message is designed to help and your loved ones prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Dr. Thomas Ouellette and our experienced team know that if you follow these four daily habits in your oral hygiene routine, your teeth and gums will emerge from the holidays with your healthy smile intact.

Doing 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.

So go ahead and celebrate the holidays mindfully, and protect the smile you have worked so diligently to achieve. Be sure to keep any professional dental cleanings scheduled before the end of the year, and you should be good to go!

If you would like to schedule a consultation, please call 303.296.1402 today. Dr. Thomas Ouellette and our team in Denver, Colorado wish you and your loved ones a frightfully healthy fall season!