As the holidays approach, many of us want to be showing off our best smiles. At the same time, this celebratory season is filled with goodies that can damage your oral health. What to do?
Keep reading to get some answers from our Glendale dentists…
The first thing to do is to know and understand what you’re up against! During the holidays, many of us will indulge in sweet treats, like candies and cakes. Those cheery candy canes may look and taste great, but they’ll also ramp up oral bacteria production. So, try to minimize your consumption of:
- Candies and chocolates
- Sticky sweet treats that tend to get lodged between your teeth
- Sweet drinks, like cider
- Acidic beverages, like cider and wine
When you do consume sweets and refined carbohydrates, try to do so in a fairly short, time-limited period, rather than continuously throughout the day. Also, get into the habit of rinsing your smile with water after eating or drinking. This not only clears away plaque and dental debris; it also prompts saliva production. Saliva is your body’s natural tool for re-mineralizing enamel and freshening breath.
If you’re wanting to improve the appearance of your smile before those holiday pictures, our Glendale cosmetic dentists offer a number of fast-acting aesthetic solutions.
You can, for example, whiten and brighten your natural teeth using professional dental whitening treatments. This non-invasive treatment uses a topical solution to lift stains and discoloration from the tooth surface. Many patients see significant improvement after just one whitening session.
Our team also uses CEREC same-day crowns and dental bonding to repair damaged teeth, and resurface unsightly enamel. Both of these treatments are completed in just one appointment, so that you can get the treatment you need, and get on with your life.
Schedule your personal consultation with our team by giving us a call, or by using the Contact Us page on our site. We look forward to speaking with you!