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As you gather around your friends and family this holiday season, it’s important that you take good care of your smile. The most important things you can do for your smile are keeping up with your oral hygiene routine and attending your six month dental checkups. These two things keep your smile in tip-top shape and help you prevent holiday tooth decay.

No one likes having oral pain during the holidays, so we recommend doing the following things each day to have the best oral health possible:

Brush your teeth
It’s best that you brush your teeth twice a day: once in the morning and once at night. However, if you can brush your teeth 30 minutes after each meal, you can do that as well. As you brush, make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Also, make sure you brush for a duration of 2 minutes each time.

Floss your smile
Flossing is a vital part of your oral hygiene regimen, and we strongly recommend that you floss at least once a day. You can use waxed or unwaxed floss, whichever product is best for you and your smile. As you floss, make sure you are gentle as you clean near the gum line. If you are rough around the gums, you can damage the tissues.

Rinse your mouth
After you have brushed and flossed your teeth, rinse your mouth with beneficial mouthwash. There are many rinses available nowadays, so we know choosing the best rinse for your smile could be confusing. So, to help you pick the best rinse, we recommend choosing an antibacterial mouthwash, plaque mouthwash, desensitizing mouthwash, or fluoride mouthwash. No matter which rinse you choose, make sure pick one that has been approved by the American Dental Association.

Clean your tongue
Throughout the day, your tongue harbors many bacteria and food particles, so it’s important that you clean your tongue once or twice a day. You can clean your tongue with a tongue scraper or with your toothbrush and toothpaste. Either way, make sure you clean your entire tongue.

If you would like to know more or if you have a dental problem that needs to be checked out, please feel free to call our office today and talk to a member of our friendly team. We are happy to help you by scheduling you an appointment with our friendly dentist as soon as possible.