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While brushing is important to–arguably, the foundation of–good oral hygiene, there are other steps to consider as you strive for a celebrity smile. Remember these companions to brushing and flossing that could help improve your smile.

Mouthwash: Discuss with Dr. Larry Leonakis about the mouthwash that is right for your oral needs. It will likely be an over-the-counter therapeutic mouthwash that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal ensures that the mouthwash will do what it says it will do, whether that is add fluoride, freshen breath, kill bacteria, whiten teeth, or some other benefit. Do not give mouthwash to children under 6 years of age6, nor to people who are in danger of swallowing it.

Chewing Gum: An easy way to care for your teeth in between brushing and flossing is to chew sugarless gum! Gum helps your mouth by stimulating higher saliva production. Saliva is your body’s first defense against cavities. It delivers fortifying substances to the teeth and cleans harmful substances away from them.

For more information on how to care for your teeth this holiday season, call G. Larry Leonakis DDS Inc. in Carson City, Nevada, at 775-882-0635. Dr. Larry Leonakis and our team are happy to help!