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5 Tips to Keep Your Smile Bright at the Holidays

November 19, 2017

holiday treatsThe last thing you want is to look at your family’s holiday photos and see a yellow smile. If you’re the family member frowning in all the pictures, it’s time to talk to a dentist about a brighter smile for the holidays. Unfortunately, the holidays bring with them a number of sweets, fizzy drinks, and stressful behaviors that put your smile at risk. Keep reading to learn more about keeping your smile healthy with preventive dentistry, at-home hygiene, and cosmetic dental care to keep you smiling throughout the holiday season.

1 – Brush Brush Brush Your Teeth

Every day you should brush teeth for at least two minutes at a time twice a day. Most patients know that. However, there are a few other tips you should keep in mind to maximize your brushing benefits including:

  • Brush teeth systematically rather than sporadically to ensure you remove the most plaque
  • Brush teeth at a 45 degree angle toward the gum tissue to avoid plaque buildup at the gum line that may cause periodontal disease
  • Brush the front, back, and biting surfaces of teeth
  • Brush teeth, tongue, palate, and gums to reduce bacteria and plaque levels
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush and exchange your brush or brush head every three to four months

2 – Take Action if Something is Wrong

Don’t wait for your next dental checkup if you notice something wrong at the holidays. Instead, call our team right away to schedule an emergency dentistry appointment. Some of the dental emergencies we see most often include:

  • Toothache
  • Dental sensitivity
  • Broken or knocked out teeth
  • Broken or bent dentures
  • Soft tissue lacerations

3 – Watch Your Holiday Sweet Tooth

We don’t want our patients to give up all of their holiday treats, but you should consume them in moderation – for your oral and overall health. Studies show that eating sweets or acidic foods as part of a regular meal is the best way to prevent unnecessary exposure to plaque and acids that can damage teeth leading to tooth decay.

4 – Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking water is a great way to remove acidic foods and beverages from teeth without stopping to brush. Consume sugary or acidic foods and beverages within thirty minutes. Then, rinse your mouth with water.

5 – Consider Scheduling an Appointment with Your Beaumont Dentist, Dr. Olson

If you don’t already have an appointment scheduled with Michael R. Olson, DDS, during the holidays, you may want to consider changing up your in-office preventive care routine. The end of the year is a great time to visit the dentist to keep your smile whole and healthy and maximize your annual dental insurance plan benefits. Call West End Dental Group in Beaumont to schedule an appointment.

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