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The holidays are coming up. Are your teeth ready for them? The parties, the family holiday pictures, the in-laws you haven’t seen in a year?  If not, we are here to help!


The first and easiest way to improve your smile is to improve your brushing technique. Brush twice a day, for 2 full minutes each time. If you have a hard time making it the full two minutes, try setting a timer.


When you brush, make sure your toothbrush is at a 45* angle to your gums. Use gentle pressure. Rough scrubbing or hard pressure could damage your gums and tooth enamel. Use short, tooth-wide strokes, and brush the entire tooth. This includes the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of every tooth. To brush the inside of your front teeth, tip the toothbrush into your mouth perpendicular to your gums; use multiple up-and-down strokes to clean the plaque and debris away from your teeth.


Another thing to think about as we move into the holiday season is whether or not you’ve had a professional cleaning recently. Professional cleanings are a great way to keep your smile healthy and clean. It is a good idea to schedule a cleaning early, in case of problems. Getting a cavity filled could put a real damper on your holiday plans.


If you brush twice a day for 2 minutes and have had your professional cleaning recently, but your teeth are still not as white as you would like, it may be time to consider tooth whitening procedures. These can be done at the dental office, with at-home bleach trays or strips, or with whitening toothpaste–depending on the level of whitening required and the time that you have.


Whatever your holiday smile needs are, we at Smile Image Dentists are here to help! Call us at 281-759-1277 for an appointment in Houston, Texas. Dr. Kim Loan Nguyen and our team look forward to seeing you!