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As we enjoy this holiday season, it’s important to keep our smile and oral health in mind, especially because there are many things that could harm our teeth and gums. So, to keep your smile in tip-top shape, our Creekside Dental Ellensburg team recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing your smile once a day, and visiting your dentist every six months. To go the extra mile for your smile, we encourage you to do the following things:

-Brush up at the office: After you’ve eaten your lunch for the day, you can clean your smile by brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. This will remove the food particles from your teeth, which will help you avoid “food-stuck-in-your-smile” moments and will help you have fresh and pristine breath.

-Wear a mouthguard: While you are active, it’s best to wear a mouthguard. Whether you play basketball, soccer, football, or other high-contact sports, it’s important to protect your smile. A mouthguard will cover your teeth and help prevent injury when hard, forceful objects hit them.

-Use a tongue scraper: A tongue scraper can help you wash away the bacteria that reside on your tongue. Using a tongue scraper can help you complete the smile-cleaning job and also freshen your breath.

-Rinse your mouth: Many people forget, but rinsing your mouth with mouthwash can help your smile in many ways. It can further clean your smile, freshen your breath, and strengthen your tooth enamel. So, when you’re done brushing and flossing, try rinsing your mouth with antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash.

Now that you know how to keep your smile and oral health in tip-top shape this holiday season, you are on the right track! For more information and details about smile care and oral hygiene in Ellensburg, Washington, please call our office today at 509-933-4800. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Forrest Packard, if you’re due for your dental cleaning and checkup. We look forward to helping you!