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Thanksgiving is almost here! Along with the delicious feasts in its wake. Across the country, people are starting to think about and prepare for the feast-filled day. This year, why not think about your oral health as well? Protecting your smile from cavities and gum disease is essential during any holiday season. That is why here at Christopher Bernardini in Staten Island, New York, our team is happy to give you tips and tricks, so you can keep your smile healthy while enjoying Thanksgiving.

Here are five tips to help you keep great oral health this Thanksgiving:

1.Drink plenty of water: Water essential to our bodies. However, many people do not realize the important effect it has on our oral health. Water flushes out food particles and other acid or bacteria away from your teeth.

2.Eat desserts or sweets with your meal: When you eat, saliva in your mouth cancels out the acids in your mouth. This is important because eating your desserts with your meals will keep your saliva production going, allowing you to consume more of the food rather than having them stick to your teeth.

3.Avoid long-term candy: Candy, sweets, or sticky foods we suck on or chew for long periods of time, will keep food particles in your mouth that can stick to your teeth causing cavities. By avoiding these foods, you can help yourself avoid cavities.

4.Brush your teeth: Most of us know we should brush our teeth daily. However, by brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time you brush, you can reduce plaque and bacteria on your teeth, which causes cavities and gum disease.

5.Floss your teeth: Flossing is not always fun for everyone. However, it is essential to your oral health. Flossing cleans where your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing also removes food and plaque stuck between your teeth, so you can avoid cavities and gum disease.

Keeping up on your oral habits will help you keep your smile in pristine shape! If you still have questions about your oral health, or would like to come in for a checkup and cleaning, please call us today at 718-987-4040 to set up an appointment. Our friendly staff is always happy to take your call and help give you a smile you can be thankful for this season. Happy Thanksgiving.