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November is the time of year when we look over our lives and focus on the things we are thankful for. When you are reviewing your list, be sure to thank your teeth for all they do for you!

Your chompers are more than just a pretty smile. They help you in your speech and they help you eat the food that nourishes your body. They work hard for you every day. How do you thank them for serving you faithfully?

The first step in the defense of your teeth is your diet. Eating a balanced healthy diet is the key to giving your teeth, gums and jaw bone the nourishment they need to staying strong and healthy. Avoiding sugary, starchy foods that can linger in your mouth with acid-producing bacteria is key.

Take the time for twice daily brushing and flossing. Using a fluoridated ADA approved toothpaste and a soft bristled toothbrush you will want to brush in circular motions inside, outside, and around each tooth. Don’t forget the back molars; they do most of the chewing of your food! Brushing gently, be sure to clean around the gums and gum line. They support your teeth and you want to make sure they are tended to as well. Finally, be sure to brush your tongue from the back to the front a few times, to clean away plaque causing bacteria.

Next, take some dental floss and spend a moment clearing away the tiny bits of food particles trapped in between your teeth and between the gum line and teeth. Dental floss acts like a toothbrush in those tight, hard to reach spaces. You can use a string or ribbon flosser, rubbing gently between the teeth (and gums), or you can use a pre-threaded pick, a rubbery brush like pick, or even a wooden plaque pick. If you wear braces you may consider a water flosser which cleans between your teeth using a pulsing stream of water.

Once you have brushed and flossed your teeth, you can rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash that will kill germs, those same germs that like to stick to your teeth and create plaque.

These are the daily basics that your teeth will benefit from, and they will reward you with a beautiful smile and years of service.  Contact our office if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health. And have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 206.363.1828