Lakewood Dental Trails would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. December is a month of many multicultural holiday celebrations such as Ramadan, Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Omisoka and many others.
It’s a time when most choose to indulge in their favorite holiday treats like fruit cake, eggnog, Benne cakes, tamales, paneer fritter, fruit chaat, latkes, or doughnuts. It’s wonderful to celebrate and indulge in delicious holiday treats, but it’s important to ensure that you’re brushing your teeth correctly after you enjoy. Here are some things to remember when brushing.
Be sure you are brushing for two minutes twice a day. Over the holidays when you are eating more sweets and treats, you may need to increase this to three times a day. Two minutes may seem like a long time, but if you set your stopwatch you will begin to get a sense for how long this actually is. Some patients have found that singing their favorite song from start to finish is equivalent to two minutes.
When brushing your teeth be sure to use gentle strokes around your gum line. Concentrate on cleaning your gum line, back teeth, and areas around fillings, crowns or other restorations by cleaning the surface of your upper and lower teeth. Clean the chewing surfaces. Don’t forget to brush your tongue for fresh breath as well.
There are a wide variety of toothpastes that target many conditions, including cavities, gingivitis, tartar, stained teeth and sensitivity. Choosing the right toothbrush is important as well. Many people use brushes that just don’t fit their mouth correctly. Your dentist can help you determine if you are using the right size for your specific mouth.
Lakewood Dental Trails cares about every aspect of your smile. Book your appointment today to discuss every aspect of your dental need.