Posts for category: HOLIDAYS
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!
The Holidays allow us to enjoy delicious food and to spend quality time with our loved ones. However, it is not an excuse to neglect our oral health! No matter how tasty the food, it is neither smart nor healthy to let dental problems ruin the holiday celebration. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your dental health in great shape this Holiday Season! Take a look:
DENTAL APPOINTMENTS. Scheduling a dental appointment before the Holidays can identify any potential problems that might disrupt your plans this season!
BRACES. Remember, the Holidays consist of plenty of non-braces friendly foods. Toffee, popcorn, candy canes, peppermint bark, and other crunchy, hard, sticky, and sweet foods may be harmful for your braces. Be aware of these foods, and use caution if eaten!
TRAVEL. Dental problems do happen, sometimes when we least expect them to. Thy's why proper preparation, whether at home or traveling during the Holidays, is crucial. When traveling abroad, bringing a mini first aid kit with an anti-infammatory, an antibiotic, and an oral rinse of chlorhexidine can decrease any inconvience that might occur.
BRUSH. Let's face it, there's no avoiding sugar around the Holidays! However, after consuming sugar, the best thing that you can do for your dental heath is to immediately and thoroughly rinse your mouth with plain water, which will dilute the acid concentration that can contribute to decay and gum disease. It is also important to wait for about 20 minutes after consuming sugar to brush your teeth.
CHOICES. Sugar feeds bad oral bacteria. The more that you consume, the more bad bacteria increase in your mouth. One way to eliminate the risk is to include more probiotic (good bacteria) foods like yogurt into your diet. One should also drink plenty of fluids, especially water, during the Holidays. Water, of course, has long been known to have many positive effects on your overall health. It is also a good way to prevent bad breath, cavities, and other potential problems since water aids in flushing out bacteria that linger in the mouth!
Following these tips during the Holidays can increase the likelihood of an enjoyable season! If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment this Holiday Season, call our office at 918-455-0123!
Valentine's Day is best known as a celebration of love in all its forms. Pink hearts, red roses, and cute greeting cards adorn every surface that you see. What many people don't realize is that the modern Valentine's Day celebration actually arose from a religious holiday!
St. Valentine's Day was originally celebrated as a religious feast day in honor of early Christian martyrs. The martyrs named Valentine were honored: a priest in Rome, the persecuted bishop of Interamna, which is a town in central Italy, and a saint martyred in Africa.
The origin of Valentine's Day as a holiday for sweethearts actually began with Geoffrey Chaucer in his 1382 poem. As the poet wrote, "For this was on Saint Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate," and the modern day romantic holiday was born. Shakespeare and many other writers have also mentioned Valentine's Day as a day of love.
Today, over $1 billion chocolates are sold in our country alone, with heart-shaped boxes accounting for 35 million of those purchased. And, on Valentine's Day itself, florists sell nearly 200 million stems of roses!
Although many people dismiss Valentine's Day as a commercialized "Hallmark holiday," it is beloved to couples and romantics across the United States and other countries. No matter what your celebratory plans may be this February 14th, may it truly be a wonderful day to celebrate the loved ones in your life! Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Thomas Family Dentistry!