Give Yourself a Healthy Mouth for the Holidays

 

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One of the best gifts you can give yourself this holiday season is the gift of a healthy mouth. A healthy mouth is important for so many reasons. To have a mouth that is free of disease and pain is incalculable, yet it is something you can’t purchase. Dedication and effort is the price you pay to enjoy the benefits of a healthy mouth.

During the holidays it’s easy to skip your normal routines that maintain a healthy mouth. Hectic schedules filled with school programs, friends and family, office parties, and shopping can cause you to forget the importance of dental health. Flossing and brushing may be overlooked, and the stress from all the added commotion can lead to grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw, which causes a myriad of issues.

Gifts for a Healthy Mouth

Dr. Terrance Wolbaum of Pioneer Hills Dentistry has made the following list of gifts you can give to yourself this year. These gifts will help you preserve your oral health throughout the holidays and beyond.

  • Gift #1 – A travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste, and a small toiletry bag is the perfect gift to bring to work. Keep them in your desk, purse or briefcase and brush your teeth after lunch. Brushing will help keep your mouth fresh and clean (and will give you the chance to see that piece of broccoli stuck in your tooth before your boss does.) Maintaining healthy teeth and gums on a daily basis requires brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day, preferably before bedtime.
  • Gift #2 – If you can’t brush your teeth, a package of sugarless gum is a gift you should keep on hand. Studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.  Gum increases the production of saliva, which washes away food and other debris and counteracts acids produced by bacteria in the mouth. Saliva also provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth which carries more calcium and phosphates to strengthen tooth enamel. Chewing gum will also prevent you from eating more food.
  • Gift #3 – Christmas parties that have a cheese and meat tray is a gift for those who want to strengthen their teeth!  The calcium in cheese is good for your teeth and meat is a great source of protein, which can help your body fight tooth decay and will keep your teeth strong and healthy.
  • Gift #4 –Avoid crackers with that cheese. Starchy foods will get trapped in your teeth and create the perfect storm that leads to plaque build-up.  If you eat chips and baked goodies, rinse your mouth after eating and be extra diligent when you brush and floss to remove all the food particles that would threaten a healthy mouth.
  • Gift #5 – Fresh fruit is a good alternative to all the cookies, cakes and goodies and it can satisfy the craving for sweets. Fruit is naturally sweet but also contains lots of beneficial plant compounds and fiber, allowing you to have your sugar fix and preserve your healthy mouth / healthy teeth goals.
  • Gift #6 – Raw vegetables are loaded with vitamins and nature’s gift to strengthen your tooth enamel. Veggies such as celery and carrots are also good to help remove bacterial debris from your teeth and they stimulate gum tissue. Vegetables are also good for your waistline–which is a bonus gift!
  • Gift #7 – According to the American Dental Association (ADA), water is the perfect drink, it protects your teeth, and the biggest gift of all is that water has no calories! Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks promote bacteria to thrive in your mouth. Acids form as a byproduct of the bacteria, which can eat away at your tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay, gingivitis and bad breath. Too much alcohol can dry out your mouth.  Dry mouth promotes the growth of bacteria.
  • Gift #8 – It is truly a gift to have access to modern dentistry. There are so many preventative things you can do to enjoy the benefits of a healthy mouth in today’s world. The first step to a healthy mouth is to schedule a visit with Dr. Wolbaum at Pioneer Hills Dentistry.  He is “passionate about helping you achieve and maintain optimal oral health and a beautiful smile.”  His team:  “focuses on prevention, tooth preservation, and awareness, and makes every effort to treat patients the way they treat members of their own family.” Check out the Pioneer Hills Dentistry website to see what services we provide and the things we do to assure the best dental care for our patients.

Call for a Healthy Mouth Consultation

Pioneer Hills Dental is a general and family dentistry practice located in the Pioneer Hills Shopping Center at 5492 South Parker Road in Aurora, Colorado. Our office is easily accessible to the communities of Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Castle Rock and Lone Tree.  To accommodate your busy schedule, we have appointments available early mornings, along with some extended hours and Saturdays.

Amid all of the hustle and bustle of shopping for just the right thing, consider giving yourself the gift of a healthy mouth for the holidays. Good oral health might just be one of the best gifts you’ll ever receive. Call us at (303) 766-8811 to set up an appointment, so you can check one more thing off of your list!