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As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s important to take good care of your smile. With the many treats, foods, and delicious drinks available, it’s easy to develop tooth decay and other dental issues. To help you care for your smile this holiday season, we strongly recommend keeping up with your oral hygiene routine each day and attending your six month dental checkups.

To help you properly clean your smile each day, we suggest doing the following things:

Brush your teeth
It’s very important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day—every morning and every night. It is also important that you do so with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush each time for about 2 minutes and do your best to scrub the front and back of each tooth. This technique will rid your smile from food particles and debris that cling to your teeth and harm your smile.

Floss your smile
Use waxed or unwaxed floss, whichever is best for you, to clean the crevices between your teeth. This will help you free the food particles that are stuck in your smile. Flossing also helps remove plaque from between your teeth, decreasing your risks of developing gum disease and other dental issues.

Rinse your mouth
For a thorough cleaning job, rinse your mouth with beneficial mouthwash at least once a day, preferably after you have brushed and flossed your teeth. Beneficial mouthwash includes antibacterial mouthwash, plaque mouthwash, fluoride mouthwash, or desensitizing mouthwash. You can purchase any of these rinses at the store—just make sure that you pick one that has been approved by the American Dental Association.

Clean your tongue
Make sure you clean your tongue one or two times a day. You can clean your tongue with a tongue scraper or with your toothbrush. No matter how you clean your tongue, make sure you clean the entire muscle, including the left side, center, right side, as well as the back.

We care about you and your smile, and we want you to have a fun, successful, and orally healthy holiday season. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more, call our office now and talk to a member of our friendly dental team! We look forward to helping you.