FROM HALLOWEEN to the New Year, it seems as though both our mouths and our waistlines are bombarded with treats, sweets, and high-calorie foods. If you do nothing else this time of year, it should be to take care of your oral hygiene and be careful not to over indulge, but that’s easier said than done. You do, after all, have parties to attend, potlucks to cook for, and your own family to celebrate with!
Here are some good tips and tricks that will help make the challenge of a healthy mouth a little easier during all the treats and delicious temptations that the holidays bring.
UP YOUR ORAL CARE ROUTINE
First and foremost, stick to your daily oral care routine. Then, increase your oral care, since you’re likely enjoying more appetizers, courses, and desserts than any other time of year. If you can’t attend to your teeth right after eating, try chewing a piece of sugarless gum until you can brush and floss.
PICK AND CHOOSE YOUR TREATS WISELY
You may think your dentist is only looking for cavities and gum disease, but the truth of the matter is, every time your dentist examines your mouth, he or she is searching for signs of cancer. Signs that need to be examined further include sores that bleed or won’t heal; mouth tissue that has changed color or texture; pain, numbness, or tenderness in the mouth; a lump; or any difficulty chewing or swallowing. Have such changes or oral issues examined by your dentist as soon as possible.
A GOOD TRICK YOU SHOULD KNOW! WATCH FOR THE DAILY GRIND
Dentists know that stress and excitement during this time of year can cause bruxism, or teeth grinding. Bruxism can lead to tooth damage, headaches, and mouth pain. Keep stress to a minimum and see your dentist for a mouth guard to wear at night before the start of the fun and hectic holiday season!
column by WILLIAM NERESTANT, DDS
Word of Mouth is sponsored by Midtown Dental.
BIO: William Nerestant, DDS, received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Detroit/Mercy School of Dentistry in Michigan. After serving and being recognized for his meritorious service in the Air Force as an officer in the Dental Corps, he currently serves patients at Midtown Dental in Lakeland. For more information, visit www.mymidtowndental.com or call (863) 226-0987.