Dental health can suffer at the end of the year for multiple reasons: stress, time constraints, lowered will power, and not least of all, unhealthy food and drink.
We at Q1 Dental want to offer you some helpful, end-of-the-year advice to aid in maintaining your oral health. Healthy behavior and will power can be reinforced by just a few gentle reminders and raised awareness.
Firstly, try not to dramatically increase the levels of sweets and alcohol that you consume during the holidays. The bacteria that damage teeth and cause gum disease feed on the sugars and alcohol aids helps create conditions that can damage the surface of teeth. Remembering this might be helpful in resisting that extra pastry or drink.
Also, don’t be slack in your usual healthy dental-care habits. Flossing once and brushing twice every day is vital to oral health. In fact, consider upping your home care game. Take a portable tooth-care packet with you to brush after snacking and drinking on the go. Get in the habit of rinsing your mouth after snacks and drinks. Working out regularly during the holidays can help to relieve stress and serves to keep you in shape.
Lastly, think about others in your circle that you can help to influence. Help the children in your life by instilling life-long healthy tooth-care habits. The elderly in your life might need assistance maintaining good oral home care but may be embarrassed to ask for help. Make an early January dental check-up a family tradition.
Remember, you can avoid a major problem in March if you catch a minor problem in January. Schedule a cleaning and examination early in January to make sure that your new year gets off to a healthy start!
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