Posts for category: HOLIDAYS
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!
Although many people will leave Santa a very special treat on Christmas Eve in the form of milk and cookies in anticipation of his yearly visit, few individuals know that there is a dental connection to this Holiday tradition! Research has shown that regular consumption of dairy products, such as milk, cheese, or yogurt, can actually lower your chances of contracting gum disease!
Not only does cheese provide large amounts of much needed calcium, cheese is considered to be a cavity fighter! Cheddar, Swiss, Mozzarella, and Monterey Jack cheeses stimulate the body's salivary glands to clear the mouth of debris and protect the teeth from the acids that can weaken the enamel. That means that cheese disrupts the development of cavities, especially when eaten as a snack at the end of a meal.
The next time you reach for a quick snack, choose some cheese or a glass of milk and remember that with each bite or drink, you are preserving your teeth for a lifetime of smiles! If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!