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The new year is right around the corner, and with it comes New Year’s Resolutions! This year, resolve to clean up your oral hygiene habits to make sure you have a mouth-healthy New Year!

Brush: Make sure you are brushing your teeth for 2 full minutes, twice a day. This removes plaque and debris from your teeth. Use short, tooth-wide strokes in a back-and-forth motion. Brush the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of your teeth. Try giving yourself a small, non-food reward every week that you do this every day.

Floss: Flossing and brushing are equally important. Make sure you floss every day for 2-3 minutes. Use a single-filament floss when available; look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging to ensure you are getting a quality product. Use a new section of floss for each tooth, and don’t forget to floss behind the back molars! That area is a great environment for bacterial growth.

Mouthwash: Some individuals choose to add mouthwash to their daily oral hygiene routines. If you choose to do this, great! Just a few words of guidance: Make sure you choose a therapeutic mouthwash, rather than a cosmetic one. While a cosmetic mouthrinse freshens breath by masking the smell with artificial scents, therapeutic mouthwash freshens breath by killing bacteria that cause halitosis.

For more information, call Tacoma Washington Dentist in Fircrest, Washington, at . Dr. Phuong Nguyen and our team are happy to help get your new year on track!