The holidays are here and all of us at Dentistry of the Carolinas feel the spirit of this wonderous season! This year has been very special for us as we have welcomed both new doctors and patients into our family. We are proud of those we have served in 2016 and of the beautiful smiles we have helped create.
Our wish is that this holiday season finds you happy, healthy, surrounded by family, and, of course – taking care of your teeth! The following are some HOLIDAY tips to help keep you healthy and your smile merry and bright:
- Hydrate – Drink plenty of water when enjoying chewy delights, other treats and even grandma’s fruit cake. Forgetting to rehydrate ourselves leaves our teeth and gums sticky, which can cause serious plaque buildup.
- Open Gifts with Proper Tools – Protect your teeth by not using them as a tool for opening packages and cutting tape. Doing so could cause chips and breaks. Use scissors and other utensils to wrap presents and open packages.
- Limit Sugar Time – With so many tempting sweets and treats available this time of year, it’s easy to overdo it. You’ll help keep your teeth sparkling by setting a time limit for when you will eat. Avoid that menacing munching throughout the day and try to brush as soon as possible after having sugar. Of course the less sugar you have, the better.
- Invest in a Nutcracker – Don’t shell nuts with your beautiful pearly whites. Doing so could crack your teeth, as well as cause tooth and gum damage. Shell nuts with a nutcracker.
- Don’t Forget Your Dentist – Be sure to honor any dental appointments during the holiday season. Being proactive with your dental care and having regular exams is good for you and your oral health.
- Avoid the Naughty List – Be kind to your teeth by not chewing on hard candy or ice. If you have a hankering for something crunchy, enjoy sliced apples and carrots. Keep plenty of fruits and vegetables handy to avoid munching on too many sugary and sweet foods.
- You Can Be Prepared – Be sure to check with our office for holiday hours and who to contact in case of a dental emergency. When traveling, bring a compact First-Aid kit that also includes gauze, floss and over-the-counter pain relievers – as well as your dental benefits policy number – in the event of any minor dental emergencies.
We hope these tips will help you and your families have a healthy and happy holiday season. From all of us at Dentistry of the Carolinas, Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!