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Make That Family Portrait Look Good! 4 Ways to Improve Your Family’s Dental Health

The holidays are right around the corner, so you know what that means; soon, it will be time to take family portraits. For some people, annual family portraits are a time to reconnect and have fun. For others, it seems no matter how hard they try, their family photos look more like a three-ring circus. If you fall into the latter category, rest assured a lot of other people do too. However, any family picture can be improved if your family members have great smiles. Here are four ways to improve your family’s dental health and build smiles worth showing off.

Swap Out Your Toothbrush

As a general rule of thumb, you should be swapping out your toothbrush every 60 days as the bristles become worn and less effective. Replacing your toothbrush ensures that you’re getting your teeth as clean as possible and that you’re not using a toothbrush that’s harboring potentially dangerous bacteria. To encourage your kids to brush well, let them choose their own toothbrushes, and they’ll look forward to using them.

Don’t Forget to Floss

In addition to swapping out your family members’ toothbrushes, it’s also a good idea to promote flossing. Sting floss can be difficult and unwieldy, especially for younger children, and many people are turning to alternatives. One alternative is the shower flosser, which uses streams of water to remove buildup from between teeth. This works particularly well with smaller children who are old enough to shower alone but find managing strings of floss difficult.

You Are What You Eat

To encourage healthy teeth all year long, eats food that boost dental health. This includes fresh fruit and vegetables, lean protein, and low-fat dairy products. You should also be incorporating healthy fats in your diet such as almonds, avocados, and fish. If you’re dairy-free, you can substitute dairy products with soy or oat milk.

Schedule Dental Checkups

When it comes to saying cheese, it’s important to keep your teeth in mint condition. The best way to accomplish this is by maintain good oral hygiene. Make a point to see your dentist every six months for regular cleanings and a complete exam. Doing so can ward off periodontal disease and cavities and can even catch early forms of oral cancer.

Love them or hate them, family portraits are about making memories that last forever. One of the best ways to make everything picture perfect is keeping both your and your family’s smiles healthy.

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