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November is a time for holiday get-togethers, time with loved ones and reflecting on what you are thankful for. In your day to day doings, do you ever think about how well your teeth serve you? Besides looking nice in your mouth, they help you talk and they help you survive by allowing you to chew the food that your body needs. Are you taking as good care of them as they are of you?

Your pearly whites can last a long time with the proper care and maintenance. Dentists recommend you brush and floss every day, twice a day, when you can. Here’s the scoop on how:

–Use a soft-bristle toothbrush so that you can protect the enamel on your teeth while freeing them from food particles and bacteria. Add a fluoride toothpaste that will help your tooth enamel stay strong, and you are good to go. Gently brush all sides of your teeth, using circular motions on each tooth. Brush gently along the gums as well. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, starting from the back and working your way to the front!

–You will want to floss in between your teeth and gum line. Be sure to remove all the debris stuck in between. Just be gentle while you work. There are a variety of flossers to choose from. If you like working with your hands, a string or ribbon floss will work well, If you don’t have manual dexterity, you can use a pre-threaded flosser on a stick, usually called a flossing pick, and you will be able to clean easily in the back molars. Another option is a water flosser, which cleans using a steady pulsating stream of water between the teeth.

–Rinse well with an antibacterial mouthwash and the plaque causing germs will be swept away.

Finally, keep your scheduled dental cleanings to catch whatever you missed and your teeth are well on their way to lasting a lifetime. Together we will help your teeth look their finest. Please call our office if you would like to schedule a visit and treat your pearly whites! 860-346-6872