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The holiday season often comes with lots of candy. With trick-or-treating approaching, it’s more important than ever to have “spooktacular” dental hygiene. Great oral hygiene can help protect the teeth from the acids the mouth produces from sugar. Dr. Janelle Bacino and our team are thrilled to teach you how to “spooktacularly” care for your smile.

Brush Your Teeth

We recommend that you brush your teeth twice each day for at least two minutes. If you have a difficult time estimating the time needed, listen to a short song, watch a two-minute video, or set a timer to give yourself sufficient time to clean your smile. Brush your teeth with your soft-bristled toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Use back and forth strokes, making sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth. Pay special attention to the back teeth and the front teeth.

Floss Your Teeth

Flossing every day is important, as is flossing properly. Proper flossing ensures that the plaque is removed from between the teeth. Cut a piece of floss that is about 18 inches long. Wrap the floss around a finger on each hand, leaving an inch or two to work with. Gently work the floss in between your teeth and follow the curves of your teeth. Make sure that you floss below the gum line, moving the floss in a C shape. Take care not to snap the floss on the gums. As you floss, wrap used floss around one finger and unwind clean floss from the other finger.

To learn more about “spooktacular” dental hygiene and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist in Pacific Beach, California, call Bacino Dentistry at 858-273-0111 today. We look forward to seeing you!