It’s important to protect your smile this holiday season, especially because there are many delicious treats and drinks just within an arm’s reach. These treats and drinks tend to cling to your teeth when you eat them and they begin to eat away at and deteriorate your teeth. So, to help you protect your smile this Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s important that you keep up with your six month dental checkups and:

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
Floss your teeth at least once a day. Many suggest flossing at night after you brush your teeth and right before you go to bed. However, it does not matter what time you floss. All that matters is that you floss your teeth at least once a day. Flossing will free the particles that are stuck between your teeth and it will also scrape the plaque from the surfaces of your teeth.

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
Many people do not know this, but it is very important to clean your tongue. Whether you clean your tongue with a tongue scraper or with your toothbrush, it’s important that you clean the muscle once or twice a day, removing the bacteria that lie there.

To learn more about oral hygiene and protecting your smile this holiday season, call our office today and schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you!