Maintaining a healthy smile throughout the year can be easy for some patients. During the holidays, patients may have a more difficult time maintaining a healthy smile due to all the festivities and sugary foods that are available. Columbus, GA dentist Dr. Albert Caves wants each of his patients to do what they can to maintain a healthy smile through the holidays. You don’t want to start the new year with a damaged smile so finish this year strong. We have listed a few tips and tricks to consider during the holiday season to keep your smile healthy, beautiful, and functional.
- Maintain your regular oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss to remove debris stuck between the teeth. Also, consider using an antibacterial mouthwash to remove harmful bacteria from the mouth.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking water can help prevent dry mouth, and it helps remove debris from the mouth.
- Chew sugar-free gum to keep your breath fresh and gently clean the teeth between meals.
- Avoid using your teeth to open presents. Your teeth are designed to chew, not open packages or twist off soda caps. When you use your teeth as tools, you may be putting your smile at risks. Dental problems like tooth damage, chipped teeth, cracked teeth, and even tooth loss can occur if you use your teeth as tools.
Schedule an Appointment
Dr. Caves suggests that patients visit his Columbus, GA dental office biannual for preventive care exams. To avoid injury or a complex dental problem, Dr. Caves performs comprehensive exams to check for any signs of dysfuntion. If there is a problem with your oral health, Dr. Caves will determine which cosmetic, restorative, or general dentistry treatment is right for you. To schedule an appointment, patients can contact our Columbus, GA dental or schedule an appointment online.