November 4, 2017
We all want to look our best for all the family, friends, and office holiday events as 2017 draws to a close. One of the many things patients worry about during the holidays is their smile. If you’re looking to brighten your smile or keep your teeth healthy while still feeding your holiday palate, a trip to the dentist may be in order. Keep reading to hear some tips from a skilled dentist about keeping your smile healthy this holiday season.
1 – Drink Plenty of Water
A simple way to keep your smile healthy while consuming holiday treats is to drink plenty of water. Rather than sipping on a cocktail or snacking on sweets for several hours, consume these holiday treats in moderation within half an hour. Then, follow up your treat by rinsing your mouth with water.
2 – Consume Sweets in Moderation
Moderation is very important for your whole body health as most holiday foods are higher in calories and sugar than the meals we consume throughout the year. The overabundance of sugary and acidic foods and drinks consumed at holiday meals are also tough on your teeth. Limit the number of sweets and acidic wines and sodas to keep your smile bright and your whole body healthy.
3 – Protect Your Teeth
Unfortunately, rather than having too much fun during the holidays, many patients experience too much stress. If you experience increased stress during the holiday season, you may be grinding or clenching your teeth at night. Some patients experience nighttime teeth grinding and clenching, bruxism, throughout the year, but many more patients struggle with stress induced bruxism. If you’re one of these patients, talk to a dentist about a nightguard to protect teeth during sleep.
4 – Pump Up Your Hygiene Routine
With all the extra holiday tasks, many patients begin to neglect their daily oral hygiene routines. Unfortunately, this neglected hygiene coupled with extra sweets is a recipe for tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Rather than neglecting your daily brushing and flossing this holiday season, spend a little extra time on your preventive dental care. Brush between meals, floss daily, consider adding an antimicrobial mouth rinse to your hygiene routine, and schedule a dental checkup with your trusted family preventive dentistry team this holiday season.
5 – Talk to a Dentist About Cosmetic Solutions
If you want to enhance your smile before the holiday season begins, a skilled cosmetic dentist can help. From basic teeth whitening to more advanced smile makeover plans, the smile of your dreams can be a reality.
Meet the Tysons Dental Esthetics Team
At Tysons Dental Esthetics, we are dedicated to helping our patients keep their smiles whole and healthy for life. We want our patients to enjoy all of their holiday events while maintaining their optimal oral and overall health. If you have questions about our services or need to schedule an appointment, call our Falls Church dental office to schedule an appointment with us today. We’ll be happy to help you keep your smile whole and healthy for life, and we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services to enhance your smile.
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