Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Oral Health Tips!

As 2016 comes to an end, Beachside Dental would like to thank all of our patients for their business and support throughout this year.  We truly feel fortunate to be embraced by the Mesa community and to be able to provide quality oral health care to the residents of Santa Barbara County.  As our "gift" to you, here are some oral health tips for the holiday season...

Stocking Stuffers: 
Instead of stuffing your stockings with candy canes and other sugary treats known to cause tooth decay, consider other items that are less harmful to your teeth.  You might even consider including toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss.

Beware of Candy Canes:
A favorite holiday treat is the candy cane, and not many people realize the harmful effects this sweet can have.  Sucking on a candy cane over a long period of time exposes your teeth to prolonged periods of sugar "attack" on your enamel.  Many people can't fight the temptation of biting/chewing on candy canes and run the risk of fracturing your teeth when you do so.

Holiday Songs While You Brush:
You should be brushing your teeth for two minutes in the morning and evening, but many people fall short of the proper amount of time.  Try humming your favorite Christmas tune to help you spend a longer amount of time on your brushing.

Avoid Using Your Teeth as a Tool:
When wrapping or opening presents, many people make the mistake of using their teeth as a tool.  Even using your teeth to "cut" tape or ribbons can cause significant damage and possibly lead to teeth fracturing.  Use scissors!  :)

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