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As Christmas quickly approaches, you’re probably trying to stay on the nice list so you avoid getting coal for Christmas. As you do your chores and help your parents, you should also focus on being on the nice list for your smile. There are many naughty and nice dental behaviors that you need to keep in mind so you can have the top-notch teeth and gums you deserve this Christmas. Our dentist, Dr. Manieka L. Green, is happy to tell you all about them today. 

Naughty: Using the wrong toothbrush, like one that has hard bristles.
Nice: Using a soft-bristled toothbrush. (This type of brush cleans the teeth and cares for the gums)

Naughty: Not flossing daily or flossing improperly.
Nice: Taking the time to floss correctly at least once a day.

Naughty: Not protecting your smile with a mouthguard while you participate in high-contact sports and other smile-harming activities.
Nice: Wearing a mouthguard while you play high-contact sports and activities and even when you participate in low-contact activities, like sledding and ice skating.

Naughty: Sharing utensils, like spoons, forks, and toothbrushes, with others.
Nice: Not sharing your utensils and making sure everyone has the utensils they need.

Naughty: Grinding your teeth at night or even during the day.
Nice: Taking steps to stop grinding your teeth or protecting your smile with a mouthguard.

Do you have any questions about naughty and nice dental behaviors in Gilbert, Arizona? If so, please reach out to our dental team at Oasis Family Dentistry when you get the chance. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!