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Thanksgiving is in the air with delicious aromas and luscious foods coming our way. While we all love the amazing food this time of year has to bring, it’s easy to fall into bad habits of neglecting your teeth. Did you know your oral health is also connected to other conditions in your body? Negative oral health has been linked to heart attacks, diabetes, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and even premature birth. That is why it is so important to remember your oral care this Thanksgiving season.

Brushing your teeth is important because it removes the plaque and bacteria on the surface of your teeth. It is always recommended to brush at least twice a day so plaque does not buildup and send bacteria into your gums. However, flossing is the essential key to obtaining great oral health.

When it comes to flossing, it’s best to try not to force the floss between your teeth so you do not harm the gums. Instead, work the floss around your teeth in a “U”-like shape and gently work it into the space between your gumline and teeth. The floss will remove any particles and plaque in these areas, which will greatly reduce bacteria and gum disease.

If you have questions about your oral care this season, call our office at 206-546-8377. Let us help give you a healthy smile you can be thankful for this festive season.