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Our Sandpiper Dental team in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, along with Dr. David Trebisovsky want to wish you and your family a healthy Halloween. To help you do this, today we are sharing some tips from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. We encourage our patients to find a balance between celebrating the holiday festivities by practicing the National Dental Hygiene Month’s message of Do The Daily 4. But what is the daily four?

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.

The daily four are the four most important things you can do each day to ensure a healthy smile. And while October is also the month of Halloween, you can help your family make healthy choices. Fill bowls with small oranges, tangerines or clementines decorated like jack-o-lanterns with non-toxic ink instead of candy. Provide non-sugary treats such as themed toothbrushes, pencils, erasers, stickers, temporary tattoos, glow sticks, play-doh, sticky spooky eyeballs and wiggly spider rings. All of these are festive while protecting your loved one’s smiles!

At Sandpiper Dental in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Dr. David Trebisovsky and our dedicated team wish you and yours a safe, healthy, happy Halloween! If you have any questions about your oral health or would like to schedule a visit, please call 763-561-7000 today.