Christmas and New Year’s are just around the corner, which means you’ll soon be busy shopping, planning get togethers and cooking festive meals. Now is certainly not the time to run into a dental problem. To avoid having to make an unscheduled visit to your cosmetic dentist in Washington this holiday season, read on find out what you can do to ensure bright smiles.
Be a Choc-a-holic!
When trying to decide what kind of candy—and The National Confectioners Association reports that 77 percent of people include candy in holiday gifts—choose chocolate. Chocolate washes off your teeth more easily than sticky candies such as caramels, taffy and candy canes.
Sing While You Brush
According to the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day. You could set a timer for two minutes, but wouldn’t it be more fun to listen to your favorite Christmas carol? This season, make a playlist of your family’s favorite Christmas songs and challenge them to brush until a song ends. And if you want Santa to think you’re really nice, be sure to floss your teeth, too.
Don’t Use Your Teeth for Tools
Your teeth are made from chewing, smiling and that’s it! Do not use your teeth to tear tape when you’re wrapping gifts or when you’re opening them. If you do, then you might crack a tooth, injure your jaw or even swallow something that you weren’t meant to. Keep a pair of scissors handy instead.
Instant Teeth Whitening
Want to make your smile look instantly whiter in those holiday photos? Apply red or pink lipstick that has a blue undertone. The way the eye sees color, this shade will immediately make your teeth look brighter.
Pamper Your Houseguests
If you’re having houseguests over the holiday season, leave a welcome basket in the room filled with healthy snacks and a few personal care products they might have forgotten—like a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss.
See Your Dentist
If you’re due for a dental checkup over the holidays, don’t put off the appointment until after the New Year. First of all, your dental health is always important. Secondly, if you have dental insurance then you don’t want to leave any benefits unused. Scheduling a visit to the dentist before the end of the year could be financially advantageous, too.
Meet the Doctor
Dr. James Mace is the dentist near me in Washington, MO. He and his staff are committed to ensuring the health, beauty and longevity of your smile. If you need to schedule an appointment or would like to know more about our cosmetic dentistry services, contact us today.