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How do you maintain proper mouth health in the midst of all the goodies available during the holiday season? Here are some suggestions to keep your teeth and gums happy the holidays.

Keep Up on Oral Hygiene: Please brush your teeth twice a day, for 2 minutes each session. Also, it is necessary to floss for 2-3 minutes each day. If you choose to add mouthwash to your oral routines, be sure to pick one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, which helps guarantee a quality product.

Get enough calcium: It is vital to get good nutrition to maintain a healthy smile. Calcium is one of the most important nutrients for your teeth and gums. Many people turn to dairy–milk, yogurt, or any variety of holiday cheeses. If you can’t have dairy, try some dark leafy greens, such as a kale or spinach. Fortified orange juice is also rich in calcium.

Limit Acids and Sugars: Make sure as you enjoy the holidays that you aren’t snacking on sugary foods throughout the day. Have a treat of two, then stop for a while. This will cut down on the time the sugar is in contact with your teeth. Try chewing a piece of sugar-free gum for 20 minutes to encourage saliva flow, which cleans teeth.

For more information, call Fullerton Dental Care in Brea, California, at 714-870-2000.  Dr. Asal Shirazi and our team are happy to help keep your smile bright this season!