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This Thanksgiving you will be enjoying all your favorite holiday foods thanks to your teeth and all the ways they support your healthy smile. Show them the love and gratitude they deserve by making sure you are giving them all the care they need to stay healthy and strong.

Ways to preserve your teeth and gums:

First, find ADA (American Dental Association) approved products that have a proven track record to care for your mouth. Make sure you are using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristle brush. Brush your teeth covering all tooth surfaces as well as your gums. Brushing your tongue is also helpful, as you will remove the harmful bacteria hiding there. Next, floss between the teeth and your gums and teeth. Don’t forget the gum line! Spend at least three minutes, twice a day, brushing and flossing. It doesn’t matter if you brush or floss first, but if you floss first it will make room for the toothpaste to reach in between the teeth. To wrap up your routine, rinse with a antimicrobial mouthwash to kill any lingering germs.

You will also want to make sure to visit your dentist every six months to deep clean any hardened plaque and tartar and to check for gum disease. While you are waiting for your next visit, keep an eye out for the following signs that may indicate problems:

–Gums that are tender, red, or swollen
–Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
–Gums that are receding from your teeth
–Loose teeth
–Unusual sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks, or cold air when you breathe in
–Lingering bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth

If you spot any of those signs, please call our dental office at 248-559-0995 and we can advise you on what to do. Together we will help you keep your smile healthy and bright for years to come! Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!