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The holidays are here again, and with them comes parties, food, and plenty of opportunities for tooth damage and decay. Avoid oral emergencies over your holiday by following these 3 simple tips:

–Brush and Floss: Brush your teeth every day, twice a day, for 2 minutes each session. This removes plaque and debris from your teeth and gums, and freshens breath by removing bacteria that cause halitosis. Floss around each tooth, including behind the back molars.

–Eat Well: Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean you should stop getting your basic nutritional needs. Fill your diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, and lean proteins! All these foods provide nutrients that are important for mouth health. If you cannot have dairy, your teeth still need calcium! Be sure to include lots of calcium-rich non-dairy foods, such as beans, dark leafy greens, and fortified orange juice.

–Moderate Sweets: Go ahead and eat some sweets sometimes this holiday season–just be smart about it. Accompany all desserts or sweet dishes with a sizeable glass of water to clean the sugars away from your teeth and gums. Make sure you aren’t eating sugar all day–eat a treat or two, then be done for a while. Try chewing a piece of sugarless gum for 20 minutes after eating sweet treats, to prepare your teeth for brushing.

For more information, call Barry E. Malkiel, DDS in Lawrenceville, Georgia, at 770-995-9255. Dr. Barry Malkiel and our team look forward to helping your smile white and bright this holiday season!