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Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy for the Holidays

Every day of the year is a good time to take care of your teeth and smile, but that’s especially important during the holiday season. After inundating them with Thanksgiving feasts, the assault on your teeth continues throughout the season with holiday-centric desserts and treats. While the excess sugar and carbohydrates can wreak more-than-usual havoc on your teeth, the good news is that it’s still fairly simple to keep your smile bright and healthy for the holidays, and you don’t have to sacrifice the joy of food to do it!

Proper tooth brushing

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is something that we should all do without having to think about it. But perhaps because it’s such a repetitive activity, it can be easy to take a cursory pass across your teeth with your toothbrush and call it a day. It’s quicker, but such lackadaisical teeth cleaning will leave plenty of food particles and oral bacteria behind to attack your teeth and gums.

Floss like it matters

Despite the fact that you only need to floss once instead of twice a day, it’s as important as sticking to a strict brushing routine. Dental floss is the only way to reach and clean the spaces between your teeth. Without it, you can quickly develop cavities, gingivitis, and other oral bacteria-related dental issues.

Protect your teeth; they need it

Even if you don’t play or practice a contact sport, like football or martial arts, there are instances in which you will need to protect your teeth. For instance, if you grind your teeth incessantly, then a bruxism appliance can stop them from doing so to protect your teeth.

About Your Birmingham, MI, Dentist

Dr. Mitchell Milan is a cosmetic, implant, and restorative dentist whose goal is to enhance your smile and improve your dental health. Celebrating over 25 years in practice and serving the Birmingham community, Dr. Milan and his experienced staff offer porcelain veneers, bridges, crowns, bonding, root canals, gum disease treatment, and more. Take your first step toward smile improvement today by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Milan by calling our office in Birmingham, MI at (248) 644-2136.