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This festive season, why not add a beautiful and healthy smile to your list of things to be thankful for? Having a beautiful smile is wonderful, but having a healthy smile is also great. That is because oral health is important, and during the holidays our team here at Cox and Manegold Dentistry wants to give you tips to keep your smile in tip-top shape this holiday.

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.

If you still have questions about your oral health in West Chester, Ohio, please call us today at 513-777-5513 to set up an appointment. Our friendly staff is happy to help you with any questions pertaining to your oral care. We hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.