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Do you want a strong, healthy, and beautiful smile this Christmas? If so, there are things you need to do to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. Those things are:

Get a professional dental cleaning: It’s vital to get a dental cleaning every six months, so if you’re due for your checkup, it’s best to schedule it soon. Getting a dental cleaning during the holiday season is extremely beneficial, especially because it completely removes the plaque and tartar from your smile, preventing tooth decay and gum disease. It’s also beneficial because it includes a fluoride treatment, which can help prevent tooth sensitivity and enamel erosion.

Keep up on oral hygiene: Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss and rinse at least once a day. As you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and scrub your smile for two minutes every morning and night. As you floss, use an easy-to-use product and be careful as you clean around your gums. As you rinse, use a beneficial product, like fluoride or antibacterial mouthwash.

Limit your Christmas treat consumption: Sugar is an enemy to the smile, so please try to limit your consumption of Christmas treats. The farther you stay away from sugar, the better off your teeth and gums will be. However, feel free to eat the treats in moderation—just make sure to clean your smile afterward.

If you do these things, you’ll be on the right track toward the healthy and beautiful smile you deserve, just in time for Christmas! If you’re interested in knowing more or if you have any questions about how to have a healthy Christmas smile in San Francisco, California, please call Melissa Maus & Associates at 415-781-0819. Your dentist, Dr. Melissa Maus, and our dental team are here to give you the information you need so you can have a successful holiday season!