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5 Holiday Dental Tips

Follow these simple tips for great oral health as we sail into the end of 2021.

Stay hydrated. With all of the errands this time of year can bring, you’re likely moving around a bit more than usual. Hydration is key for saliva production, which helps to rinse away bacteria from the mouth.

Don’t use your teeth as a bottle or gift opener. Though it may be tempting, stick to the proper tools for opening things this holiday season.

Pack a to-go oral hygiene kit for parties. Luckily, floss and travel toothbrushes are compact and can easily fit in a purse or handbag.

Avoid sticky, hard candies. They may be tasty, but they’re a no-no when it comes to oral health. If you do partake, be sure to brush your teeth after consuming them.

Schedule your post-holiday clean now. We’ve got plenty of appointments available in the New Year, but they’re filling up quickly. Call today to prioriti[z]e your oral health in 2022.

Oral Health in Seniors: What to Watch For

Staying on top of your oral health helps to prevent common problems like tooth decay, cavities, infections, and even tooth loss. As we get older, it’s important to pay even closer attention to our oral health, as the risk of oral cancer increases with the number of birthday candles on our cake.

If you notice any of the following changes in your mouth or face, we recommend visiting us for an appointment:

• Swelling in your jaw
• Difficulty swallowing, chewing, or trouble moving your tongue
• A lump, spot or sore in the mouth, on the lip, or in your throat
• Numbness in the mouth or tongue
• Ear pain without hearing loss

Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive?

Have you ever taken a sip of a cold drink only to be met with sudden tooth pain? You’re not alone. Sensitive teeth are common, though it’s important to identify the cause to rule out any serious issues for your oral health. Here are a few common culprits.

Brushing too hard. Try using a soft-bristled toothbrush so you don’t wear down your enamel, which can lead to sensitivity.

Eating highly acidic or sugary foods. Trim the soda, candy, and citrus fruits from your diet for a week and see how your teeth react.

Cracked teeth. Bacteria can enter through cracks in your teeth and cause infection or pain.

Gum disease. If you notice red, bleeding, or inflamed gums, give us a call.

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