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Fall is officially in full swing now that October is here, but were you aware that October is also National Dental Hygiene Month? While we are always eager to spread awareness for oral health at Hawkins Dental Group in Amarillo, Texas, we are pleased to share the National Dental Hygiene month message of Do The Daily 4.

Designed to help and your loved ones prevent tooth decay and gum disease, Dr. Brent Hawkins and our team know that if you follow these four daily habits in your oral hygiene routine, your healthy smile will emerge from the holidays 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.

You can celebrate the ensuing holidays while protecting the smile you have worked so diligently to achieve. Incorporate the Daily Four and keep any professional dental cleanings scheduled before the end of the year to emerge into the new year with your beautiful, confident smile.

To schedule your next visit, please call 806-353-4361 today. Dr. Brent Hawkins and our team in Amarillo, Texas, wish you and your loved ones a frightfully healthy fall season!