The holidays are finally here, meaning it is time to indulge in various delicious foods and snacks. While there’s no harm in partaking in the delectable holiday dishes, the amount of food you’re likely going to eat increases the chances of dental issues. Our family dentistry experts at Smiling Oak Dentistry will be more than happy to cater to your dental needs and concerns no matter the season.
Our specialists in dentistry in Mount Pleasant, SC are here to ensure our clients enjoy the holidays while maintaining optimum oral health with the following tips.
Include Teeth-Healthy Snacks
Healthy gums and teeth result from numerous practices, one of them being healthy eating. Having candy or a cookie throughout the day is not bad, but our dentist highly advocates adding snacks like carrots, apples, and celery, which is known as nature’s version of toothbrush. Others, like plain nuts, yogurt, and cheese, have high phosphorus and calcium to strengthen and repair the teeth’s enamel.
Chewing sugarless gum is another way to enjoy snacks without jeopardizing your natural teeth or dental implants.
Don’t Use Teeth for Party Tricks
It can be tempting to open gifts, nutshells, food packaging, and even drinks using your teeth because it’s convenient. However, this compromises the teeth because it could result in pain, cracks, or chips that might require one visit crowns (same day crowns).
It could also damage or chip dental implants, which are expensive to replace and could hurt the gums in the process.
Maintain a Routine
This is the most crucial time to maintain an oral hygiene routine. Flossing and brushing will go a long way to keep the sugars away from the teeth and gums. Therefore, carrying a toothbrush, dental floss, and toothpaste is essential. Chewing sugarless gum also helps flush out food and debris by producing more saliva.
Honor Dental Appointments
While there are numerous activities during the holidays, missing a dental appointment could lead to severe issues in the future. It helps catch issues early, making them easier to treat. It is also an excellent idea to schedule your annual teeth whitening appointment before attending holiday parties.
Book An Appointment Today
Let Smiling Oak Dentistry help you keep your smile clean and bright all year round. Contact us for an appointment.