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Welcome to the dental practice of Evan L. Wheeler, DDS, PC, online! October is here and we are celebrating National Dental Hygiene month along with Halloween this month! At our dental practice in Fairbanks, Alaska, Dr. Evan Wheeler and our experienced team want to wish our patients a happy fall season while taking care of their healthy smiles.

National Dental Hygiene Month is kicking off October festivities with its message “Do The Daily 4”. These are the four most important things you can do every day to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

“Do The Daily 4”

1-Brush

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-Floss

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 use a mouthwash with the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging to ensure that the product is both safe AND effective.

4-Sugarless Gum

While this one may surprise you, chewing sugarless gum actually boosts your daily regimen by “cleaning” 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.

This October, we encourage you to adopt The Daily 4 into your oral hygiene routine. To protect your healthy smile, we also recommend celebrating the holiday festivities sensibly, by sticking to sweets such as powdered candies which dissolve easily, and by avoiding chewy, hard, or sticky candy. If you can’t brush your teeth after snacking and you don’t have sugarless gum with you, try drinking water or milk after snacking. Water helps rinse away bacterial film and milk has a high pH to offset the acid in the candy.

We hope you find these tips helpful for you and your family so that you may have a safe, happy month of celebrations. If you have any questions about your oral health, or would like to schedule a dental checkup, please call 907-479-8123 in Fairbanks, Alaska today. Dr. Evan Wheeler and the rest of our team wish you and yours a frightfully healthy Halloween!