At Christian P. Manley Orthodontics the oral health of our patients is our number one concern. We are always working to make sure that our patients not only have beautiful smiles, but healthy mouths. This is why we are happy to announce that not only is it National Dental Hygiene Month but also National Orthodontic Health Month. With this being such an important month stressing the importance on maintaining exceptional oral health, we thought we would lend some tips on how to stay healthy through the Halloween season.
Do The Daily Four
The American Dental Hygienists’ Association is celebrating the sixth year of National Dental Hygiene Month this October. This month is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of maintaining excellent oral health. This year’s campaign is centered around the slogan “Do The Daily Four” where people are encouraged to do the following in order to maintain a healthy smile:
- Brush at least twice daily
- Floss daily
- Use mouthwash daily
- Chew sugar free gum
Though there are many other habits you can take on to avoid cavities and gum disease, this is a good start!
Trading In Halloween Candy!
When it comes to Halloween, we know that it can be challenging to monitor how much candy your child is consuming. There are a couple of ways that you can make sure to avoid cavities this Halloween. One way is to take control of their candy collection and only give them one piece a day after dinner and have them brush immediately after. A more creative way to get your children to give up their loot is to offer them a trade. Trading in their candy in exchange for a week worth of chores (or however many chores you want to offer) is a great way to incentivize them to give away their candy. If your child decides to do so and you aren’t sure what to do with the candy, you can always donate! Also, please remember to remove any sticky or hard candies from your child’s collection. For more information on which candies to avoid, check out our website!
Contact Your Local Issaquah & Sammamish Orthodontist!
If you have any questions about how to prevent cavities and gum disease please do not hesitate to contact us. We encourage you to visit our website to find out what candies your child should avoid in order to maintain their orthodontic progress and to protect their braces. We hope to hear from you soon!