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Brushing your teeth is the foundation of good oral hygiene. However, it’s not the only thing that is available to maintain excellent mouth health. Here are some more steps to consider as you take care of your teeth this holiday season.

Floss: Brushing is best accompanied by flossing. It doesn’t matter if you brush before or after you floss, as long as both get done. Clean between your teeth using a single-filament dental floss to reduce fraying. Floss once a day, for 2-3 minutes each session.

Mouthwash: Choose an over-the-counter therapeutic mouthwash that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This ensures that it will do what it says it will do, whether that is add fluoride, freshen breath, kill bacteria, or whiten teeth. Do not give mouthwash to children under younger than 6, nor to people who are in danger of swallowing it.

Chewing Gum: A great way to care for your teeth in between your morning and night hygiene routines is to chew sugarless gum! Gum assists in cleaning your mouth by stimulating the salivary glands to produce more saliva. Saliva is your body’s first defense against cavities, delivering fortifying substances to the teeth and cleaning harmful substances away from them.

For more information on ways you can care for your teeth this holiday season, call First Dental in Dodge City, Kansas, at 620-225-5154. Dr. Ryan Lehmkuhler and our team look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!