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If you want strong and healthy teeth this winter season, then it’s best to take good care of your smile on a regular basis. There are things you can do regularly to keep tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues at bay, which will help you have a successful and pain-free holiday season. Those things are:

Keep up on oral hygiene: Brush every morning and night for two minutes each time. As you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. After you brush at night, floss every crevice of your smile and rinse your mouth. As you floss, clean with an easy-to-use product and be careful around the gums. As you rinse, use antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash.

Visit your dentist: If you’re due for a dental checkup, make sure to visit your dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Lopes, at your earliest convenience. The professional cleaning and exam involved will keep your oral health in tip-top shape, especially because it helps keep tooth decay, gum disease, and enamel erosion away.

Have a healthy and balanced diet: Because of all the holidays, there are many sugary treats available all winter long, like pie, hot cocoa, candy canes and chocolate. If you’re not careful, the sugar could attack your smile and create cavities. So, it’s important to have a tooth-healthy and balanced diet during the winter season.

Wear a mouthguard: There are many fun winter activities that could pose a threat to your smile, like ice skating and sledding. So, if you want to protect your smile while you participate in these activities, we encourage you to wear a mouthguard. That way if you hit your smile, your chances of having a tooth injured or knocked out decrease.

To learn more about how to have a healthy winter smile in Sonoma, California, please call our office today at 707-996-6704 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are happy to give you the tips you need so you can have the best winter season possible. We look forward to hearing from you!