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The fall season brings with it a whirlwind of festivities and socializing. Your smile is your best asset when it comes to interacting with people, as it is the first thing people notice. To make sure your smile is ready for the social holiday season, our Groover Family Dentistry team in Savannah, GA, has some easy tips to make your confidence shine!

Brushing: Brushing is essential for a healthy smile. To remove harmful oral bacteria, you want to brush at least twice a day. If you want to keep your teeth looking whiter, you can use a teeth-whitening toothpaste to lighten the stains on your teeth for a whiter, brighter smile.

Flossing: Brushing removes 50% of plaque-causing bacteria that can harm your smile. When you floss every day, you are effectively removing the other 50% by removing harmful bacterial residue between your teeth and along the gumline. You really don’t want to skip your daily flossing because it also gets rid of embarrassing food particles lodged between the teeth, while keeping gingivitis at bay and freshening your breath.

Whitening: What you put into your mouth on a regular basis will show up on your teeth as stains. To whiten stubborn stains off your teeth, see your dentist for a professional teeth-whitening treatment, and avoid or limit the consumption of staining items. Things like coffee, tea, wine, tomato sauce, hot sauce, curry sauces, blueberries, cherries, and raspberries will darken your smile.

Freshening: Fresh breath depends on proper hydration to keep saliva production up and dry mouth away. But fresh breath also means killing the germs that cause it. You can follow up your daily oral hygiene routine by rinsing daily with an antibacterial mouthwash. This will lower odor-causing bacteria for a cleaner, fresher breath.

Get your smile ready for the holidays by implementing these smile care habits, and keeping up with routine dental cleanings to remove tartar and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If you still need to schedule your end of year cleaning with our dentist, Dr. Groover, please call 912-354-9541 today!