Dec 18th, 2021
Jan 2nd, 2022
Christmas is almost here which means sugary treats are everywhere. Although it’s hard to turn down that delicious holiday cookie grandma just baked, we want to remind you about the effects sweets can have on your oral health. Here are four of the most common treats we suggest to eat and drink in moderation during the holiday season:
Holiday Cookies – It’s enticing to grab one of those delicious holiday cookies that always seem to be available and laying around. Before you reach for the second or third, it’s important to remember the amount of sugar each cookie contains and the amount of damage it can have on your teeth.
Holiday Drinks – There are a number of seasonal beverages like hot chocolate, eggnog, and warm apple ciders that are perfect for the holidays and make you feel warm inside. Whenever you decide to drink one of these sugary drinks, try to keep it to only one cup or a small serving. After you’ve finished, make sure to drink a glass of water afterward to help wash out some of the sugar residue and protect your teeth.
Candy Canes – This minty treat can cause a couple of negative effects on your teeth. The prolonged amount of time these take to dissolve in your mouth leaves sugars lingering. Also the hard and sticky structure makes it temping to bite, which could crack a tooth.
Caramels – Caramels are sticky treats that you find yourself chewing forever. Even after you’ve finished, there always seems to be some lingering caramel left in your teeth. The amount of sugar that is in a caramel treat can negatively affect your oral health.
All of these holiday temptations have a main ingredient, sugar. We all know that sugar is bad for oral health because it mixes with bacteria on your teeth and will produce acid that erodes tooth enamel. When you are enjoying these holiday sweets, just remember to keep your teeth in mind and try to take counter actions. Make sure you are bushing twice daily and flossing regularly. Also after your indulging, try to squeeze in an extra brush to remove the lingering sugar to keep your smile vibrant. Everyone here at Easton Dentists wishes you all a happy and healthy holiday!
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Dec 15th, 2021
Jan 2nd, 2022
As 2021 winds down there are many things to prepare for. Before you know it, all your Halloween candy will be long gone, your Thanksgiving turkey will be little more than a fond memory, the Holiday Season will have passed, your New Year’s resolution will be giving you trouble, and your dental care insurance will have gone another year without being used to its fullest.
Most dental care insurance plans’ yearly maximum coverage expires on the first of the year making you start from scratch when you finally decide to get the annoyingly painful toothache taken care of. If you set your dental appointment now, you’ll get all your tooth-related needs taken care of before the end of the year, which, in turn, will give you a clean slate in 2013 should any unexpected dental problems arise. You have already paid for your insurance; you may as well get the most use out of it.
In addition to the money you could be saving by making an appointment before the end of the year, think of the pain you could be saving yourself from. Dental problems, like just about every other kind of problem, only get worse when left untreated. A sore tooth today could lead all kinds of issues down the road. Waiting to get a dental problem taken care of has never been better than actually taking care of a dental problem. Don’t let a general apathy toward going to the dentist get in the way of your overall health.
While often overused, the phrase ‘use it or lose it’ really comes into play when talking about your dental insurance deductible. If you don’t take full advantage of your dental care insurance this year, you can’t take it with you into next year. Use your insurance and your teeth and wallet will thank you.
If you aren’t absolutely positive where you stand with your insurance or how much your deductible is, call your dentist. They’ll be more than happy to work with you to make sure you and your teeth stay in good health.
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