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October is here and our George Strickland, DDS team is celebrating National Dental Hygiene month along with Halloween this month! At our dental practice in Venice, Florida, Dr. George Strickland and our experienced team want to wish our patients a healthy fall holiday season.

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”


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.


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.


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.

To protect you and your family’s smiles, Dr. George Strickland encourages adopting The Daily 4 into and celebrating the holiday festivities sensibly. Stick to sweets such as powdered candies which dissolve easily, and avoid chewy, hard, or sticky candy.

If you can’t brush your teeth after snacking and you don’t have sugarless gum handy, encourage 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. If you have any questions about your oral health, or would like to schedule a dental check-up, please call 941-451-7059 in Venice, Florida today. Dr. George Strickland and the rest of our team wish you and yours a frightfully healthy Halloween!