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The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes family, friends, and lots of good food. It’s easy to get caught up in the hullabaloo, but remember to keep up with basic dental habits! Here are some things to remember as you care for your teeth this holiday season.


Brush: Make sure you brush your teeth for 2 minutes, 2 times a day. Just remember “2 by 2” and you’ll have it down. Brushing your teeth for the full two minutes makes sure that each tooth gets completely clean. Brush the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.


Floss: Use a long piece of single-filament floss to clean between your teeth. Using a long piece of floss wound between two fingers makes it easier to not cross-contaminate different areas of your mouth.


Choose Good Tools: Use dental hygiene tools that have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This guarantees a quality product. Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, or sooner if they become contaminated. If you choose to incorporate mouthwash into your routine, select an ADA-approved therapeutic mouthwash, rather than merely a cosmetic one.


Chew Gum: After eating and drinking, your teeth are more sensitive to abrasion. This means it’s a bad idea to brush right after eating, as it can damage tooth enamel. To get your mouth clean after eating, chew a piece of sugar-free gum. This will stimulate saliva production and get your teeth ready for brushing.


Be Mindful of Sweets: When eating sweets, don’t graze on them over long periods of time. Eat a treat or two, then be done for a while. Drink lots of water to help wash away sugars and acids, and chew gum to help clean away sticky substances before brushing.


Visit Your Dentist: Visit your dentist as soon as you can! You don’t want cavities and other dental emergencies messing up your holidays. To schedule an appointment in Litchfield Park, Arizona, call Litchfield Dental Care at 623-547-0307 today! Dr. John Kim and our team will be happy to help you.