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As the holiday festivities surround you with rich, culinary treats, don’t be tempted to derail your healthy smile by letting up on your daily oral hygiene routine. Dr. John Freemon and our team are pleased to share the following smile tips for our patients in Woodstock, Georgia who want to keep their smile vibrant throughout the holidays!

Brushing

Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Use the right size toothbrush for your mouth, and use the softest bristles you can to do the job to protect tooth enamel and gum tissue. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and use short up-and-down strokes to clean your teeth.

ADA Approved Products

Use ADA-approved products to ensure safety and effectiveness. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or so when your bristles become frayed. If you are prone to gum disease, it may help to use an electric toothbrush with smaller heads to remove plaque. Fluoride toothpaste can strengthen your enamel, and toothpaste for sensitive teeth can reduce tooth sensitivity. If you have children, encourage them to brush by using fun flavors to help establish a healthy cleaning routine. Children’s toothpaste comes in strawberry, bubblegum, and even anti-cavity chocolate.

Flossing

Gum disease afflicts 64.7 million Americans (reported by the CDC), and essentially, it is an infection of gum tissue, which can cause tooth loss if left untreated. Don’t forget to floss at least once a day. Flossing removes plaque and food particles in between the teeth and under the gumline. Whether waxed or unwaxed, flavored or plain, multifilament or monofilament, flossing reaches those areas your toothbrush just can’t.

Don’t let the holidays derail the smile you work hard to maintain throughout the year. These simple smile tips will keep you on track during the hectic holidays. If you would like to schedule your next checkup and cleaning, please call 770-928-0871 in Woodstock, Georgia today. Dr. John Freemon and our team look forward to helping you maintain a healthy smile all year round!