Oral Care Tips for the Holidays

Oral Care Tips for Chesapeake VAThe Midgette Family Dentistry understands how difficult it can be to find a dental practice that is just right for your oral care needs. Located in Chesapeake, Virginia, the Midgette Family Dentistry is proud to provide a dedicated team of dental professionals and practitioners that is committed to providing our clients with the best possible oral health and hygiene. Our dental practice serves residents in Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Norfolk, VA, and is the premier choice for quality dental care services in Chesapeake, VA.

Our team is confident that our dentistry office is the right place to provide you with the unique and personalized dental care you deserve. We are sure that when you first visit our practice, you’ll know right away that you’ve found the comfortable and relaxing dental care services team that you need. We promise to put your comfort and well-being first as we take care of every one of your dental care needs.

Our team encourages all our clients to take their oral health seriously all year round. With the holiday season quickly approaching, Midgette Family Dentistry understands that our clients are busy gathering with family and friends, or out shopping to find gifts for their loved ones. But even with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we want to make sure that you and your family maintain the best oral hygiene possible. Here are a few key oral care tips to keep in mind as you get ready for holiday dinners and parties alike.

Flossing is Still a Priority

Even when it isn’t the holiday season, it can be easy to forget just how important flossing is to maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. Flossing is essential to gum and tooth health for both children and adults. However, many people regularly neglect a regular flossing schedule, even outside of the holiday season. There are many benefits to regular flossing that should not be overlooked.

For one, it can be difficult to get rid of irritating and persistent food debris from your teeth. Of course, using a toothbrush daily is critical for good oral hygiene. But a toothbrush alone isn’t enough to keep your gums and teeth in the best shape possible. Flossing can help remove food debris and even reduce plaque that has built up over time. To top it off, flossing can help you get rid of unwanted bad breath. Don’t drive away family and friends over the holidays because you haven’t remembered to floss enough.

Keep an Eye on the Alcohol

Wine is a popular mainstay on the holiday dinner table. But it can be easy to overindulge on alcohol like red wine, especially around family and good friends. Too much red wine and other darker alcohols can lead to stained teeth if you aren’t careful. If wine is your seasonal alcoholic beverage of choice, consider instead drinking a white wine. Or, try pairing your red wine with different foods to limit staining to your teeth.

Other alcoholic beverages including some popular mixed drinks contain a great deal of sugar and other teeth-damaging additives. If that wasn’t bad enough, alcohol often leads to a dry mouth, which can be embarrassing if you’re in the middle of a conversation with family or friends. If you plan on drinking alcohol during holiday dinner, consider lower-sugar options to keep your oral hygiene in check.

Time to Switch Out your Toothbrush

From December up until March of April, the cold and flu run rampant. You can avoid seasonal sniffles and other unpleasantness by taking a few simple precautions. For one, make sure that whatever toothbrush you use is yours alone. Sharing toothbrushes, particularly around the holiday time of the year, puts you at risk of sharing unwanted microscopic bacteria. If you’re having trouble keeping yours or a significant other’s toothbrush separate, considering facing the bristles of your toothbrush away from the other’s. And whether you’ve already come down with a cold, it’s good practice to swap out your toothbrush in any case about every three months. Replacing your toothbrush on a regular basis is a good idea for several reasons. Eventually your toothbrush becomes less effective the more its bristles become worn out. And as we’ve already mentioned, toothbrushes tend to pick up bacteria over time. Replacing your toothbrush ensures that your bristles are free from bacteria and working as effectively as possible.

Use Your Teeth for Eating

It can be tempting during gatherings with family and friends to open bottles and cans with your teeth when you’re in a pinch. But it’s important to keep in mind that your teeth grew to be powerful chewing tools, and they’re only designed to chew food. Using your teeth to open sachets, bottles, and containers could cause damage to them that is difficult to repair even by dental professionals. By extension, you should also avoid putting anything in your mouth that could harm your teeth. Children sometimes develop habits of chewing pens and pencils — if you spot this behavior, address it early to remove risk of painful and costly dental injuries later.

Get Advice for Sensitive Teeth

If you have sensitive teeth, getting them looked at by a team of dental professionals can be beneficial for you before you indulge in holiday season sweets and treats. Sensitive teeth could be related to a weakening of your tooth enamel. As your nerve ends become exposed, pain can set in. It’s best to avoid acidic foods and drinks if you suffer from sensitive teeth. Sodas, alcohol, sugar, and candy can all cause moderate to severe pain. Hot or cold foods and drinks could also lead to pain that is related to sensitive teeth. Speak to your dentist about treatment options and the best toothpaste/toothbrush for your dental care needs in time for the holidays.

Schedule your Holiday Appointment with Midgette Family Dentistry

Midgette Family Dentistry always encourages our patients to meet with us regularly. Regular dental appointments, together with healthy eating and home oral care, is a certain path toward excellent oral hygiene. Unfortunately, many people claim to be too busy during the holiday season to come in for a visit with their dentist. But in fact, the holiday season and the end of the year are some of the best times for you to visit your dental professional.

Midgette Family Dentistry hopes that you have found these oral tips helpful as you make your way into the holiday season. It’s important to remember that regular visits with your dental professional is the easiest and most effective way of keeping track of your oral health. If you live in or near the Chesapeake, VA area and are ready to make a change in your dental experience, call Midgette Family Dentistry now and schedule your next appointment for the holiday season.