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Are you aware that the American Dental Hygienists Association is promoting October as National Dental Hygiene Month? At Healthy Smiles Dental Care™ of Chelsea in Chelsea, Michigan, Dr. Steven Rodriguez, Dr. Swapna Kakarla, and Dr. Sandra Hanson wish our patients a safe holiday season by sharing their message known as “Do The Daily 4”.

This message is quite possibly the most important aspect of an effective oral health routine, especially when combined with regular professional dental checkups and cleanings. Here’s what the Daily 4 look like:

Take time each day to Do The Daily 4

1- Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes to lessen plaque and help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

2- Floss between your teeth and gums once a day using dental floss or interdental brushes to remove food particles and plaque in places your toothbrush can’t reach.

3-Rinse with an anti-microbial mouthwash once daily to freshen breath and help prevent gum disease. Only use mouthwash with the ADA Seal of Acceptance to ensure that the product is both safe AND effective.

4- Chewing sugarless gum boosts your daily regimen by “cleaning” your teeth after eating and drinking when you can’t actually brush your teeth. Chewing stimulates saliva production to neutralize plaque acids, remineralize enamel and wash away food particles.

Enjoy the holiday fun with confidence as you care for your teeth and gums to keep your smile healthy. For more information on how to protect your oral health, or to schedule an appointment, please call 734-475-8911. At Healthy Smiles Dental Care™ of Chelsea in Chelsea, Michigan, Dr. Steven Rodriguez, Dr. Swapna Kakarla, and Dr. Sandra Hanson want to wish you and yours a spookily safe Halloween!