Don’t Let Holiday Cheer Turn Into New Year’s Tears…
We don’t know how you feel, but this year has flown by! We can’t believe that December is here again, and we are in the midst of planning and celebrating the holiday season. We know that many of our patients have mentioned their plans during this special time. Some of our patients are planning for holiday parties, others are traveling, and most are spending quality time with friends and family. No matter what your plans are during this time of year, it’s important to be mindful of your oral health. We would hate for your choices to negatively affect your teeth in the new year. We want to share some helpful tips to help keep your oral health in tip-top shape for 2023. Read on to learn more.
Tips to Help With Lasting Health Over the Holiday Season
We want to offer two helpful tips to ensure that your oral health remains in tip-top shape and you don’t experience any post-holiday cavities or decay:
Limit Sugar Intake
Sugar seems to be a requirement for many foods that you eat and drink over the holiday season. Not only are there plenty of delicious desserts, but champagne and specialty cocktails are also popular. While delicious, added sugar can increase your chance of developing decay and the need for treatment in the new year.
Drink Plenty of Water
We know that it is not always possible to brush your teeth after eating, especially when you are celebrating at a holiday function. One recommendation we have is to drink plenty of water. Water is not only good for your overall health, but it can help remove any lingering food and bacteria from your mouth.
If you experience a dental emergency over the holidays, be sure to contact our office in Phoenix, AZ as soon as possible. We can determine if you need to be seen immediately. If it has been longer than six months since your last hygiene examination, we suggest scheduling your next appointment in the near future. Now is a great time, as any remaining insurance benefits will expire at the end of the calendar year. We hope to see you soon and wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!