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Holiday Grin Feature: “Naughty and Nice Dental Behaviors”

Posted on December 3, 2014 in General oral health


naughty and nice dental behaviors - delta dental of illinoisThis holiday season, it's important to keep your oral health a top priority. Improper flossing techniques, tooth grinding and sharing utensils can land you on the dental Naughty List. There are simple tips and tricks you can take to get back into your dentist's good graces in time for the holidays.

Using a hard-bristled toothbrush vs. a soft-bristled tooth brush

The pliable bristles in a soft-bristled brush are easier on your gums and can reach in between teeth and under gums without causing damage of pain. Using a hard-bristled brush can wear away at the gums and erode tooth enamel at the gum line.

Not wearing a mouthguard while playing sports vs. wearing a mouthguard for all sports including non-contact sports

Whether playing on the company softball league or a round of racquetball at the gym, wearing a mouthguard will earn you a spot on the Nice List and save your smile.

Not flossing daily and flossing incorrectly vs. flossing daily and taking the time to do it right

Even if you floss every day as recommended, it won't do much good if your technique is off. See our easy to follow flossing diagram in Grin! Magazine.

To find out how you can stay on the Nice List at the dentist, view our holiday issue of Grin! Magazine.