Posts for category: HOLIDAYS
It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but if your one-horse open sleigh finds you dashing through the snow to an unexpected dental emergency appointment, you may be lacking in that jingle bell spirit! And after the holidays, no one wants to ring in the New Year with their top resolution being to "Get My Cavities Filled!" Take a look at these common seasonal treats and their dental connection.
- CANDY CANES. Innocently biting down on these much-harder-than-expected pieces of candy can chip your teeth and dental work. While peppermints and other hard-candies are potentially bad for your teeth when you crunch away, they can pose an even greater concern if you let them slowly dissolve in your mouth! Caution is a definite must with treats in this category.
- GUMDROPS. While one of the sweetest ways to decorate for the holidays, these treats are essentially made of corn syrup and sugar that is then rolled in sugar. Unfortunately, this sugar-laden treat is extra-gummy, which causes it to stick between your teeth and take an extra long time to dissolve.
- TOFFEE, CARAMELS, TAFFY. Although this Holiday treat is usually packaged in a ribbon decorated box, these extremely sticky foods are not a gift for your teeth. These chewy candies stick to enamel, dental work, and braces.
- GINGERBREAD HOUSES. While nothing says the holidays like a gingerbread house, these chewy, sticky gingerbread sugary iced covered gumdrops and peppermints make for a better addition to your Christmas decor than to improve your dental health.
While this list wasn't very jolly, and candies and sweets are normally on the Dental naughty list, Scooges we are not! Indulging in a treat or two is part of the Holiday fun. Take a look at a few ways to help you "Dentally" navigate this season.
- BE CHOOSY. Just like you search for that perfect present for your family and friends, take the time to choose the perfect holiday treat for yourself. If you are concerned about cavities, wear braces, or are generally concerned with your oral health, stay away from the sticky, hard, and excessively sugary desserts.
- EAT SWEETS WITH A MEAL. Saliva does more than keep mouths from getting dry. It also helps prevent cavities by washing away food particles and neutralizing the acids from food and bacteria, which damage enamel.
- RINSE AFTER EATING. Rinsing your mouth with plain water after a meal or snack, especially a sugary one, also helps wash away the sticky sugars and carbs, which oral bacteria convert into enamel dissolving acids.
Ho-Ho-Hopefully these tips can provide you some direction as you make your holiday dessert list and check it twice! Remember to increase your brushing and flossing if you are indulging in some seasonal treats. By giving yourself these two gifts, you'll be ringing in the New Year with a beautiful, healthy smile that truly is "Sweet!"
The Holidays are a very hectic time of the year and the last thing that anyone needs to worry about is their breath! One of the most common ways to keep your breath fresh during the Holidays is with mouthwash. While mouthwash is important for fresh breath, combined with other forms of dental hygiene, it can help prevent plaque, cavitiies, and other gum diseases. But with so many choices, it may be difficult for you to choose the right mouthwash off the shelf. Take a look at a few things to consider when choosing a mouthwash.
- FLUORIDE MOUTHWASH. These mouthwashes are designed for patients that are cavity-prone. Fluoride creates a protective film over the teeth and strengthens the enamel.
- ALCOHOL MOUTHWASH. Alcohol in mouthwash works as an antiseptic: it clears the mouth of germs and some viral infections. However, if you have issues relating to a dry mouth, alcohol can aggrevate the problem.
- ANTIBACTERIAL MOUTHWASH. Antibacterial mouthwashes have special ingredients to help fight gum disease and other infections. Although most mouthwashes contain trace amounts of these chemicals, some are designed to specially fight bacterial infections.
Although mouthwashes can be a quick way to keep your breath "Holiday fresh," remember that they are a prevention and not a cure!
Check out these easy Holiday tips to help keep the Holly Jolly in your Christmas Season! First, your stocking forecast this year will almost certainly include a dusting of sugar as 77% of people include candy in holiday gifts according to the National Confectioners Association. Giving Candy? Consider chocolate. It washes off of your teeth more easily than sticker sweets like candy canes.
Second Tip: During the Holidays, many people use their teeth as tools to quickly cut through the wrappings to get to the surprise inside. Although Grandma may be an expert wrapper, using your teeth to try and undo the Fort Knox knots that she's tied in the ribbon is not a great idea. Your teeth were made for eating, not to stand in as a pair of scissors. Don't spoil your Christmas with an unexpected chipped tooth, injured jaw or trip to Urgent Care because of inadvertently swallowing something!
Next Tip: The Holidays are very hectic and many patients don't have the extra time for a trip to the dentist for that bleaching appointment. So if you are dreaming of a white smile for your family Christmas photos, try this "Dental Tip" to whiten your teeth in 30 seconds or less. Wear a red or pink lipstick with a blue undertone. Thanks to how the eye perceives these colors, your teeth will instantly appear much whiter and brighter!
Finally, between holiday parties, travel and other seasonal happenings, it's very easy to slip out of your normal habits. Don't wait until New Year's to make your dental health a priority again. If you have a regular dental visit scheduled, keep the appointment. And don't forget to brush two minutes twice daily and clean between your teeth with floss once a day!
Hopefully these few tips can keep your Christmas Season merry and bright!
God Bless & Merry Christmas,
This Is A Holiday Public Service Announcement...No seriously, with the year coming to a fast close, those patients with flex spending, health savings accounts, or unused insurance benefits need to remember that to maximize your benefits, now is the time to schedule your dental visit! Although the Holidays are hectic and everyone's focus has shifted to the year ending "rush to the finish," don't forget that your dental health needs are more important than just another "loose end" that can be tied up later or something that can be simply put on your New Year's Resolution List!
Now that the Holiday Season is in full swing, many people feel an increase in their level of stress. Although excess stress can cause headaches, stomach aches, or even cause a feeling of "being on edge," too much stress can contribute to many dental problems as well! Many people don't realize that mouth sores, clenching, poor dental hygiene and gum disease are possible stress related problems that have been linked to oral health as well.
Don't let this year's holidays stress you out, instead, remember to pause and reflect on the true meaning and spirit of the holiday season!