On Friday, we discussed how tooth decay forms and how our habits can impact our risk. Today, we’re looking at steps you can take to avoid tooth decay during the holidays. By caring for your smile and cutting back on sugary foods and drinks, you can help protect your teeth from the onset of cavities and enjoy a fun and festive holiday season.
One way to help protect your smile is with proper home care. Both children and adults should brush their teeth twice a day when they wake up and again before going to bed. Each session should last two minutes and reach every part of the tooth. You should use toothpaste that contains fluoride as well. In addition, you need to floss each night before going to bed. Flossing can remove the food stuck between teeth, which a toothbrush’s bristles can’t reach. Flossing is also an excellent way to avoid both tooth decay and gingivitis.
Every six months you need to have your smile examined and cleaned. The exam allows the doctor to identify potential problem areas and offer treatment before an issue can progress. Cleaning is the only method of completely removing plaque buildup, which helps protect your smile from cavities, as well as periodontal problems.
You can help promote better oral health with the gifts you give his holiday season. First, you can resist the temptation to fill your kids’ stockings with candy. You can also give them toothbrushes or toiletry kits that feature favorite fictional characters. You can also give older kids electronic toothbrushes. These gifts are fun and may help your little ones enjoy cleaning their teeth each night.
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