When we think about preparing for the holidays, we often focus on getting gifts or making arrangements to take a trip to see family. But what about our smiles? In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about getting your smile ready for the holidays, from undergoing routine treatments, to replacing your toothbrush or even having that wisdom tooth removed!
Exams and Cleanings
First, see us for a simple exam and cleaning before the holidays start. Using advanced technology, our team will carefully examine your teeth, gums, roots, and oral tissues for signs of trouble. From there, we create a personalized treatment plan to correct these concerns. In addition, we will clean the teeth, employing ultrasonic scaling and manual tools to remove all plaque and tartar, which limits the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Now is also a time to address serious concerns. For example, if you have wisdom teeth on the cusp of erupting, we can remove them in one visit to prevent serious complications and let you enter the year with your healthiest smile!
Replace Your Toothbrush!
When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? You should do so every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles become worn down and flat. Worn bristles don’t remove food particles as well, and this can increase the risk of cavities and gum disease even if you care for your teeth daily! So, pick up a new one, preferably with soft bristles, along with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Be sure you have plenty of floss too! Daily brushing and flossing helps protect the smile from serious oral health concerns, which is especially important during the holidays, when we’re inundated with sugary favorites!
Watch What You Eat
Many of our holiday favorites contain high amounts of sugar and starch, two ingredients linked to a high risk of tooth decay and gum disease. So, be sure you balance your meals with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetable, and drink water to help cleanse your smile as you eat. In addition, consider excusing yourself after your meal to floss for added protection! If you have any questions about safeguarding your smile this time of year, then contact our team today. We would also love to see you from a routine exam and cleaning, so you can address your oral health and also use your 2019 dental insurance benefits before they expire in December!
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PREVENTIVE DENTAL CARE?
With routine care and cosmetic and restorative treatments, we have the care and experience necessary to improve your overall oral health. To learn more about our approach to family dentistry, then please schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.