December 16, 2018
The next few weeks are an exciting time of the year as you shop for the perfect gifts and plan tasty meals with family and friends. Although your schedule might be a bit busy, you do not want to overlook your family’s oral health, or it could lead to unexpected news during your next visit to your family dentist in Maple Valley. As you celebrate the holidays, there are 4 simple tips to follow to protect the health of your family’s teeth and gums.
- Skip the Sweet Treats
No holiday gathering is complete without yummy treats and tasty drinks. Unfortunately, they contain large amounts of sugar. When the sugars combine with your saliva, it creates an acid that erodes your enamel. Over time, a small hole will form, known as a cavity.
To keep your family’s smiles cavity-free, it is best to limit their sugar consumption. Instead, stick to fresh fruits and vegetables or low-fat dairy products. If you cannot ignore your sweet tooth, be sure to brush your teeth right away or rinse your mouth with water.
- Prevent Dental Emergencies
There is no worse time than during the holidays for a dental emergency to occur. Although you never expect it to happen to you, 1 in 6 Americans has one every year. While you cannot fully prevent them, there are several things you can do to reduce your family’s risk for a dental emergency.
When opening gifts or packages, do not use your teeth as tools. It is also best to avoid chewing on inedible objects, like your nails or pens. If your family plays sports, be sure they wear an athletic mouthguard.
- Maintain Your Oral Hygiene
Although your family’s schedule is busy, commit to maintaining your oral hygiene routine. If you are traveling, purchase travel-sized products to make it easy to care for their oral health on the go.
Everyone should brush their teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to clean all surfaces of the teeth. Do not forget to clean your tongue and cheeks. Before going to bed at night, floss in between each tooth to remove anything left behind by your toothbrush.
- Visit Your Dentist
Before your schedule is too busy, take the time to visit your dentist for a cleaning and checkup. This ensures everyone has a clean smile for the holidays while allowing potentials dental concerns to be addressed early.
Get a Healthy Smile for the Holidays
With a proactive approach at home and with the help of your dentist in Maple Valley, you can help to ensure your loved one’s smiles stay healthy and beautiful into the new year.
About Dr. Manpreet Dhaliwal
Dr. Manpreet Dhaliwal is committed to creating generations of healthy smiles. He focuses on prevention to reduce the risk of dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease. If you need a cleaning and checkup, do not wait until the new year. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
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