We understand the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year. You’re enjoying fun times with loved ones, enjoying delectable treats, and enjoying all the activities the holiday season has to offer. However, while the excitement of the holiday season may have your attention, don’t leave your oral health out of the picture. During this festive season, you want to make sure that your teeth are protected, especially when there are delicious drinks and foods available at the snap of a finger.
Nixa family dentist Dr. Jacob McLauchlin has years of experience treating patients with a wide range of dental issues. At MAC Dental in Nixa, MO, we work with each of our patients to provide the quality dental care they need to improve their smile. We want our patients to maintain a healthy smile this holiday season, so we have listed a few tips to consider.
Holiday Dental Tips
- Don’t neglect your oral hygiene routine. Patients should brush their teeth twice a day, floss, and use an antibacterial mouthwash. Staying on track with your oral hygiene routine helps prevent tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
- Limit the number of sugary drinks and foods you consume. We know that holiday treats are all around during this time of year. Instead of cutting sugary drinks and foods out completely, try to limit the amount you consume. Also, make sure you are properly cleaning your teeth so that the sugar doesn’t stick to your teeth and cause dental problems in the future.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking water will help limit the amount of sugar that can stick to your teeth. Water helps prevent debris from getting stuck between the teeth, prevent staining on the enamel and keep saliva circulating in the mouth.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools. When opening packages, use tools like scissors or a box cutter. Using your teeth as tools can lead to a chipping, cracking, and fracturing of the teeth.
Visit Our Nixa, MO Dental Office
Scheduling preventive care exams allow Dr. McLauchlin to spot any early signs of complex dental problems and provide a treatment to help improve your smile. Dr. McLauchlin is a dedicated family dentist who strives to provide patients with comprehensive, personalized dental care. If you haven’t visited the dentist this year, schedule an appointment at MAC Dental in Nixa, MO.