The holidays are just around the corner! With lots of merriment, get-togethers, and parties with family and friends, you will have lots of opportunities to abandon your healthy lifestyle. However, it would be best if you kept your dental health top of mind. By adhering to the best dental regimen, you can keep your smile in top-shape even during the holiday season and start 2021 with healthy gums and teeth.

The team at Lancaster Dental Office would love to wish every individual a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We thank our patients for their support throughout the tough and challenging 2020. We appreciate all patients who trusted us to take care of all their dental needs.

Dental Tips for Christmas

Prioritize your Dental Health Routine

Holidays are usually a hectic time of the year. Still, regardless of how busy you are, you should never abandon your regular dental care routine. You must ensure that you brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day, and floss every day. This will help to keep your mouth healthy during the festive season and all year long.

Avoid Hard Candies and Chewy Foods

Chewy and sticky treats such as caramel and dried fruit tend to stay on your teeth longer compared to other kinds of food. Furthermore, hard candies will leave your teeth and gums coated with a sugary residue. Furthermore, when you bite on a hard candy wrongly, you can chip or break your teeth. You should avoid these treats whenever possible and ensure that you rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth after consuming candy or sticky foods.

Be Wary of Teeth-Staining Beverages

Do you want to keep your teeth whiter and brighter this holiday season? Then it would be best if you were wary of stain-causing beverages such as tea, coffee, red wine, and cranberry juice. You should limit the amount you consume daily or drink using a straw to prevent staining your teeth. You can also maintain your pearly white teeth by alternating between sips of beverages that stain with water and then brushing using whitening toothpaste after finishing your drink. You can also nibble on some cheese between your red wine sips to help neutralize the wine’s acidity and protect the tooth enamel.

Drink Lots of Water

Staying hydrated is important, particularly during the holidays when you want to feel and look your best. Furthermore, water is good for your dental formula. Plain water helps wash away any food residues and dilute acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, which reduces the risk of tooth decay.

Avoid Using Your Teeth as a Nutcracker or Present Opener

To avoid any dental emergencies during the holidays, you should avoid using the teeth as tools. It can be quite tempting to rip packages, crack nutshells, or tear tape using your teeth. However, doing this tends to cause breaks, cracks, and chips on your teeth. Give your teeth a break and use nutcrackers or scissors instead.

Eat Sweets With or Shortly After Meals

This is one of the best tips to keep your teeth healthy and strong during the holiday season and in the New Year. If you plan on eating sugary foods, then you should time them such that you eat them during or shortly after your main meals. Your mouth tends to produce more saliva when eating, and this will neutralize acids created by bacteria and will also wash away any remaining food particles.

Minimize Your Alcohol Intake

During the holidays, you can enjoy a drink or two; however, you should not be carried away because excess alcohol tends to increase gum disease risks. This is a major problem, especially for people who are over 60. Alcohol tends to dehydrate the oral cells, giving bacteria and carcinogens more freedom to cause problems.

Schedule a Dentist Appointment

If you are due for a dental checkup and cleaning, you should come and see us as soon as possible. You can also schedule your post-holiday appointment with a dentist now. This will help you start the New Year with a healthy and beautiful smile.

Lancaster Dental Wishes you A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

It is difficult to tell what will happen in the New Year. However, most people are anticipating better things after the tough year we have had. We believe that things will be back to normal soon. As you make resolutions for the New Year, you should not forget about your teeth. There are many cosmetic dental techniques that you can use to improve your looks and your smile.

At Lancaster Dental, we take the time to discuss our cosmetic treatment options with our patients.  We recommend that you schedule an initial consultation for an exhaustive dental checkup and analysis. Some of the treatments that we offer to help beautify your smile include the following:

Teeth Whitening

With our in-office teeth whitening services, you can get the sparkling pearly whites that you always desire. This quick, risk-free, and convenient service will achieve amazing results that you will want to show off your beautiful smile. You will never have to deal with the messy and ineffective teeth whitening treatments at home that do not give any results.

Dental Implants

If your tooth is missing, you should consider replacing it with a dental implant. Dentures are commonly used today to replace missing teeth.  However, implants provide an artificial root and crown, giving the replacement tooth more stability and strength.

Dental Veneers

For some people, teeth may be extremely stained for teeth whitening techniques to produce any results. In such a case, dental veneers can be used instead to replace the stained or discoloured enamel using a natural-looking porcelain replacement.

Enjoy the Gift of Dental Health at Lancaster Dental

At Lancaster Dental, we aim to give you, your children, and the whole family the dental health and smile of your dreams.

Keep your smile shining and stay healthy this Holiday Season. Follow our holiday tips and don’t forget to schedule your routine dental examination and cleaning.