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The holiday season is here, and with it, the flurry of activities, festivities and social commitments inherent this time of year. We might be tempted to cut corners elsewhere just to carve out time and energy during this time. But now is not the time to neglect your smile. Our Rogue Valley Family Dentistry team some oral care ideas for you and your loved ones to keep those smiles healthy.

— The holidays are often a time when people travel, in addition to attending festive gatherings, whether it be with family, friends, co-workers, and our children’s schools and events. These commitments often take preparation as well, so we try to find time wherever we can. While skipping a flossing or brushing routine occasionally won’t damage teeth long term, doing this for several months will take its toll. Just as with exercise, make your smile is a priority so brush twice a day and floss once no matter what.

— Not only is brushing twice a day crucial to keeping cavities and gum disease away, many people have trouble doing it for the recommended two minutes each time. But plaque-causing bacteria and oral debris take time to remove thoroughly. To help you do this, and to make it more fun, try listening to music while you clean. This holiday season, get those two minutes in by listening to your favorite song!

— Holiday gift-giving wouldn’t be the same without sweet treats. However, consider giving out chocolate instead of candy canes, because chocolate washes off the teeth easily. Conversely, hard, sticky candy sticks to tooth enamel. Whether you are giving out treats or indulging them instead, that chocolate Santa is kinder than a candy cane.

There’s no time like the present to give yourself and your loved ones the gift of a healthy smile. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 541-479-5505. Our dentist, Dr. Joshua Scott Murdock, and our team in Grants Pass, Oregon, are happy to help you keep your smile strong all year round.