Tips For A Healthy Holiday Smile [BLOG]

At Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox, DMD, our gift to you is a healthy, beautiful smile. One way is to make treatments more affordable, like with our current special offer of 10% off our KoR teeth whitening for the holiday season!

Another way is our through our dental blog, filled with all the tools you need to protect your teeth and gums.

Tips For A Healthy Holiday Smile

You can count on our team to keep your smile healthy all throughout the year when you visit us on a routine basis for cleanings and exams.

We’ll make sure to catch early signs of dental trouble and offer restorative solutions when you need it to keep your oral health in good shape.

In between visits, though, we’re still here to help you take care of your smile, so here are a few tips to do just that during the holidays!

*Remember That Moderation Is Sweetest*

Your diet is definitely different during the holidays, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing!

It’s not everyday you get to indulge in pumpkin pie, chocolate-covered pretzels, homemade fudge, and candy canes.

But as with any day of the year, remember that moderation is the sweetest practice for your smile.

Sugar from your food and drinks hides inside your mouth, and bad bacteria feeds off of it, creating harmful acids that try to erode your tooth enamel.

So be mindful of how much sugar you’re consuming over the next couple of weeks, and rinse your mouth with water after you eat just to help wash away anything left behind!

*Don’t Let Stress Hurt Your Smile*

Stress can manifest itself physically, affecting your health in ways that you may not realize right away. Your teeth can be one of its easiest targets.

When we’re stressed, we tend to involuntarily clench and grind our teeth and jaw, putting too much pressure on both. The result can be premature wear and tear, dental damage, and even problems with your jaw.

This is something we can all be more careful about during the holidays, since it’s a particularly stressful time. It’s fun, too, of course, but there’s quite a bit to keep us busy this season, which  can make it tough to manage all the chaos.

Do what you can to make time for yourself, to unwind, and keep your life balanced as much as you can so your smile doesn’t have to pay the price.

*Use Teeth For Eating, Not Unwrapping*

We want instant gratification, so when scissors aren’t handy, it’s tempting to use your teeth as tools, especially this time of year. You’ll be unwrapping presents, and if you have young children, they’ll likely come running to you to help them tear off tags and ties after they open gifts of their own.

While it’s convenient in the moment, it’s not a good habit to start because it’s an easy way to end up with dental damage.

Keep scissors on hand, and use your teeth only for what they’re designed for… eating all that delicious holiday food!

Visit Us After The Holidays

Healthy dental habits should be a priority all year long, but we understand that times like this call for a little bit of extra fun. Just be sure to visit us after the holidays for a dental cleaning and exam, and we’ll make sure your teeth and gums are healthy as you start the new year!

Call Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox, DMD in Swedesboro, NJ today at 856-997-2767 or fill out our online form to schedule your next appointment.

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