With the focus on food at Thanksgiving, it’s easy to forget about the importance of good dental health to enjoy chewing and tasting those holiday favorites. But if you don’t practice good dental hygiene and see your general dentist twice a year, someday you may lack strong teeth with which to fully savor the dinner celebration. As the holidays approach, and with Thanksgiving nearly here, remember to take care of your teeth so you can keep them healthy and strong as long as possible.
Make time for daily dental care.
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you may be tempted to put routine dental care on the back burner. More than ever through the festive dinners, parties, and celebrations with all the sweets and rich foods, you need to take care of your teeth every day. Don’t neglect brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash, even if you can’t brush after every meal or snack.
See your general dentist twice a year.
Sometimes we want to postpone regular activities to make room for holiday events. If possible, keep your scheduled dental exams. Your general dentist can repair early decay in your teeth as well as diagnose any other problems that may be developing. If you wait until after the holidays, cavities may get worse, and problems could become more extensive. With holiday excitement in the air, remind yourself to make and keep appointments for routine dental exams to keep your teeth healthy.
Report any problems with your teeth to the dentist.
If you’re between six-month dental checkups, contact your local dentist office to report any new or unresolved problems. For example, if you develop a toothache, don’t wait until after the holidays to call the dentist. Or if your jaw becomes painful or you find a sore in your mouth, don’t hesitate to contact your local dentist office. Catching a problem early can usually save time and money, and sometimes pain or complications.
While you’re having loads of fun this holiday season, don’t overlook the necessity of protecting your teeth. You want to keep them working effectively as long as possible so you can enjoy every bite of turkey with stuffing and pumpkin pie!