The holidays are here, and we’re sure everyone is excited to spend time with their loved ones. From Halloween to Thanksgiving till Christmas, sweet treats and confections like candies, pies, and cakes naturally find their way to our plates, and one can not help but give in to the delicious desire. Consequently, the holiday season begets a higher number of underlying oral conditions to spring up and leave a sour taste in the mouth. The North Island Dental Arts team is here to wish you happy holidays and list out a few straightforward tooth-saving tips to help you get through the season with a dazzling smile.
Most dental practices are closed during the holiday season, so if you start having a sudden toothache or one of your tooth chips while biting into grandma’s famous nut cookies, the options are limited to an emergency dentist or the ER. Seasoned orthodontists at North Island Dental Arts advise everyone to get their cleanings and regular checkups done before visiting friends and family for the season celebrations. These exams help in detecting any developing cavities or gum conditions and, thus, can be treated before they worsen. Moreover, you’ll be informed and can take extra precautions by exerting enormous self-control when served a plateful of sinful desserts.
While the safest course of action would be to avoid sugary foods and beverages altogether, we understand how difficult and unfair it can be not to be able to enjoy fully. And food plays a huge role in holiday parties. A healthy alternative would be to limit your daily intake of candies and cakes to one meal only. For example, if you had a hearty brunch with friends with loads of sweets dominating the table, observe a sugar fast for the next 24 hours. This will give your teeth time to fight the attack of breeding bacteria and return to the natural ph level. Another approach is to have your serving of sweets with your meal, not after. This allows the saliva to break down the sugar particles faster as you chew and start the digestion quickly rather than making the body overwork.
Your brushing routine determines your oral hygiene massively. The fact of the matter remains that not everyone maintains a healthy oral ritual of brushing, flossing, and rinsing diligently. Unfortunately, the hasty rush often takes precedence. Well, the holiday season is no time to slack off in this area. Listen to your well-meaning dental hygienist and switch to a new toothbrush, a whitening toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash of your favorite flavor. This is even more important if you have sensitive teeth as hard, worn-out bristles of your old toothbrush can wreak havoc on your teeth. So, pick a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste, preferably, and perform due diligence by brushing your whole mouth gently and mindfully.
Maintaining optimal oral health takes small efforts on a daily basis that yield amazing results and prevent numerous periodontal and dental problems. Your dental care providers at North Island Dental Arts are here to guide you through any query or concern pertaining to your oral health and help you achieve the brightest smile yet. So, schedule a complete oral exam with our specialists today and get more tips and guidance on your dental health!