November 19, 2018
The last thing anyone wants is to see a dentist in Boston for emergency treatment during the holidays. After all, the yuletide season is all about fun, food, and families, not cavities and discomfort. With that in mind, here are some tips for keeping your teeth and gums healthy from now until the end of the year.
Five Tips for Tooth-Friendly Feasting
Even the most devoted dieters usually allow themselves a little bit of wiggle room at the end of the year. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. What’s life without a few indulgences? But overdoing things can lead to a nasty toothache unless you follow these simple precautions:
- Remember that “sticky is icky.” Snacks that stick to your teeth, whether they’re sweet or starchy, can do double damage to your dental health. That’s because decay-causing bacteria love simple starches almost as much as they love sugar. So avoid any treat that sticks around after you’re done eating.
- Drink plenty of water. Good old H2O not only keeps you hydrated, it helps your teeth and gums to stay clean between brushings. Save your sweets for dessert. Eating a nutritious meal prior to enjoying a slice of cake or piece of pie will minimize sugar’s impact on your oral health.
- Opt for crunchy munchies as often as possible. Crisp, fresh vegetables are packed with vitamins and fiber. Plus, their rough texture will keep your teeth cleaner. Raw carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower are especially good choices.
- Avoid ice cubes and hard candies. Ice is fine for keeping a beverage cool, but biting down on it can chip your teeth’s protective enamel, exposing the sensitive layers underneath to harmful bacteria.
Why You Should See Your Dentist Before 2018 Runs Out
If you’re like most of us, then you pay a good bit of money for your dental coverage. Failing to take advantage of these hard-earned benefits is like giving a Christmas present to your insurance company. Here are five reasons to schedule a dentist appointment soon:
- To catch small problems before they turn into big toothaches. Modern dentistry allows dentist to detect and treat cavities before they become serious. Also, a routine checkup can catch potentially life-threatening diseases like oral cancer in their earliest stages, minimizing risks and maximizing your chances for a full recovery.
- To benefit from a professional cleaning. Don’t get us wrong; brushing and flossing are essential self-care steps. But, by themselves, they can never remove enough plaque and tartar to prevent extensive harm to your teeth and gums.
- To keep your records up to date. Coverage plans and information are changing all the time. Neglecting to keep your dentist updated on your coverage details can create a paperwork nightmare at the worst possible time, like when you’re facing a dental emergency.
- To avoid paying your deductible all over again. Benefits restart at the beginning of the year and for most of us there is no rollover.
- To benefit from the latest innovations. Dentistry is advancing all the time. Modern dental care providers not only can treat their patients more effectively than in the past, they also offer greater comfort and convenience. But you’ll never enjoy these advantages unless you schedule an appointment.
The holidays only come once a year. So by all means take time to sample the season’s pleasures, but do it in a tooth-friendly way by following the tips in this post. That way you can look forward to 2019 with a bright, healthy smile on your face.
About the Author
Dr. Jack Share has been practicing dentistry for over 40 years. He’s a proud member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. You can reach his office online or by calling (617) 742-1350.
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