There is no one way to celebrate the holidays, but even the most informal and laid-back gatherings tend to offer an unusual amount of rich, fun foods to enjoy. Your dinner and dessert choices around the holidays can be more indulgent than what you enjoy during the rest of the year, which can be trouble for your smile. What can you do to make sure that your celebrations do not lead to problems with dental decay and other oral health troubles? At our Rochester, MN dentist’s office, we can offer guidance on better oral health care during regular dental exams that you can apply to your life year-round. As we enter the holiday season and close in on the year’s end, make sure that you use any remaining dental benefits you have in order to see your dentist and receive more feedback and support!
Don’t Let A Change In Your Routine Change Your Commitment To Smile Care
Even a small change in your routine can have lasting changes. Seemingly small changes in your diet, a break from work, or a holiday break for the kids can throw off your approach to oral hygiene and make you more vulnerable to cavities. If you intend to do any traveling this year, make sure that you stick to good brushing and flossing habits while you are on the road. Travel with your toothbrush, an ADA-approved toothpaste, and floss at all times, and stick to your routine even if you are tempted to sleep in or struggling to stay awake at the end of a long day. Even if you stay home, you should make sure you are not slipping into poor habits as you start to unwind.
Rich Holiday Foods Can Cause Trouble For Your Teeth
Sugary and starchy foods often make their way to our dinner plates around the holidays, and dessert can be a more frequent treat for those who enjoy celebrations. A few “minor” breaks from your typical diet can leave you with dental decay that requires treatment in the form of a dental filling or dental crown. If you expect to indulge more during a holiday gathering, adjust your diet around the event to cut back on sugar. Drink water throughout the day and at your event in order to keep teeth clean, and be sure to thoroughly clean your teeth after an event.
Protect Your Smile By Using Your Remaining Dental Benefits For The Year!
If you still have dental benefits left to use this year, take advantage of them while you still can! If you fail to do so, you lose out on protective smile care that can lead to the early detection and treatment of a problem that you have overlooked. A regular visit can also be important because it can lead to the removal of tartar buildup before you start indulging in holiday treats.
Your Rochester, MN Dentist’s Office Can Help You Protect Your Smile Throughout The Year
Patients who come to Calcagno Cosmetic And Family Dentistry can count on dependable smile care during every appointment. To schedule your visit, call our dentist’s office in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.