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The holidays give plenty of opportunities for treats and snacking. This makes it even more important to keep up on the basics of dental hygiene.

Brush: It is recommended by the American Dental Association that you brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day. Use short, back and forth strokes with a toothbrush that has very soft bristles. Brushing is the bedrock of good oral hygiene. Make sure to not skip a single session!

If you struggle making time for your teeth, try setting an alarm for just before bedtime, and then set a timer for the full two minutes. Brush with your partner for some fun one-on-one time. Or, make it a family affair! Brushing with kids can be fun, and it develops great oral hygiene habits that will last a lifetime.

Floss: Flossing is important for dental hygiene, even for small children. Flossing should start as soon as a child has 2 teeth that touch, and should continue throughout your life. Flossing cleans plaque and food particles away from teeth that your brush cannot reach. Floss once a day, for 2-3 minutes each time.

Mouthwash: Some people choose to add mouthwash to their daily routine. If you choose to do so, buy a therapeutic mouthwash with the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. Do not give mouthwash to children under 6 years old. If you need to avoid alcohol, read labels carefully, as many mouthwashes have high alcohol content.

For more information, call Monon Family Dental in Indianapolis, Indiana, at 317-810-9285. Dr. Zachary Allmand and our team are happy to help!