'Tis the season for giving, but remember to give yourself the most important gift of all this holiday season: a healthy smile! Maintaining good oral hygiene during the holiday season is more important than almost any other time as during the holidays we are more likely to consume lots of sugary treats and often drink alcoholic beverages, advises San Francisco Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Loev and the rest of his team. In addition to the joys of the holidays, our busy schedules and increased stress levels, often take a toll on oral hygiene routines. We find that many patients neglect the most basic of oral hygiene tasks that can really keep smiles healthy even with special treats.
To look your very best this holiday season and to keep your smile sparkling we have compiled a list of some tips to keep you and your smile looking its best.
Wine is delightful; whether red or white but it contains high levels of acid that can eat away at a tooth's enamel. Tooth enamel is the outer layer of our teeth that we see. It is incredibly strong, actually one of the strongest surfaces in our bodies and it protects our teeth from decay and damage. It’s tempting to look like a wine aficionado but try and refrain from swishing the wine around in your mouth most of us haven’t developed are palette enough to have this change the taste of the wine plus is spreads that acidic libation over more tooth surfaces. A good tip from the pros however is to drink water in between all beverages to rinse the teeth of the acid. Cheers!
2. Sugary Treats
We all love the treats that seem to magically appear at offices, homes and parties during the holidays. Bacteria loves these special delights too. They thrive on the sugars found in candy canes, chocolate, and gingerbread, cookies, and cakes increasing the likelihood of decay developing. Enjoy the bounty of the season by try and brush and floss after indulging. Not able to brush and floss? Not the end of the world, try drinking some water or even chewing some sugarless gum. Both the water and gum will stimulate the saliva and help neutralize the sugar and wash away bacteria.
Over his decades of practice San Francisco Dentist Dr. Edward Loev has found that the joys of the holidays are often coupled with the stress. The pressures of the holidays lead to increases in headaches caused from clenching and grinding so make sure to wear your night guard. If you don’t have one but experiences jaw pain and a tight jaw in the morning call your dentist he or she can fabricate a custom night guard for you so that you can enjoy the holidays without possibly chipping your teeth or having to suffer through jaw pain. The end of the year is often a great time to save on dental treatment.
4. Dental insurance allowances do not carry-over from one year to the next, neither do most flexible spending accounts. Dr. Loev runs a once a year promotion of 20% off for his patients and their friends at the end of the year to help them maximize their hard earned benefits and save their money and smiles, ask your dentist if they have any end of year promotions. The end of year is also a great time to reach out to the rest of your healthcare team. Do you need more contact lenses, glasses? Is there a procedure your doctor has been suggesting but you have been putting off, what about your kids, spouse or partner? If your deductible is satisfied for the year and you have money left in your flex-plan acting now can benefit your health but also your pocketbook.
“The gift of oral health is one that keeps on giving all year long!” says Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Loev
Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Edward L. Loev, DMD has been practicing dentistry in his Downtown San Francisco dental office for over 40 years. He has surrounded himself with an amazing team of individuals who are committed to patient care and service. Call them today at 415-392-2072 to set-up a complimentary cosmetic consultation or even just a new patient visit if you are in need/want of a new dentist.