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During the holiday season, while you are enjoying plates of cookies and delicious special dinners, we encourage you to keep your teeth and gums healthy by practicing effective dental hygiene every day. Our dentist and team have provided the three most important dental tools to help you maintain a healthy smile through the holidays and beyond:

– Toothbrush: Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush–it can be a manual or an electric one–and select a style that fits your personal preference. Brush your teeth twice day and pack a toothbrush if you leave home to visit family.

– Toothpaste: There are many, types of toothpaste, but the one that works best for you will depend on the nature of your dental needs. If you are concerned about cavities, you may want to choose a cavity-fighting toothpaste.

– Floss: Flossing is often skipped by many patients, yet it is one of the most important steps in your oral hygiene because it can remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and under the gum line. Flossing daily with any type of floss will benefit your smile, though some patients find that waxed floss is easier to maneuver than unwaxed floss.

– Mouthwash: Rinsing any lingering bacteria from your teeth, tongue, and gums leaves your smile feeling fresh. Many mouthwashes also possess additional abilities to reduce tooth decay and polish your smile.

To learn more about the dental tools that can prevent cavities, contact Westlake Family Dentistry at 910-864-2944 today and schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Mike Choe. We would love to help you improve your oral health in Fayetteville, North Carolina!