End of the year celebrations can take a heavy toll on oral health for several reasons: work and/or family stress, time constraints, tasty but unhealthy food and drinks, and lowered resistance to fighting off temptations.
Here are some simple helpful hints from Smiles Nambour that we hope will aid you to maintain the kind of routines necessary for optimal dental health. Sometimes, just simple suggestions and a bit of self-awareness can go a long way in to bolster our will power and help us resist unhealthy temptations.
Firstly, the bacteria that produce cavities and gum disease feed on sugars, and alcohol creates a more bacteria-friendly environment. Therefore, avoid, or minimize increasing your holiday intake of sweet foods and alcohol. As the month progresses, try to remember that when temptation strikes.
Secondly, continue practicing your healthy homecare practices. Keep brushing twice and flossing once a day, and even more often by preparing a travel packet for when you are away from home. Rinse more often than normal during this time of year to help impede decay. Deal with stress in healthy ways, like by not neglecting your workout routine and being sure to get enough sleep.
Finally, pass good oral hygiene habits to your loved ones. Teach the children in your life to learn good, life-long by showing them directly and by being a good example. It’s possible that the elderly in your life could be in need of aid with their oral health, but they might be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. Try to make a family dental check-up early in January a family tradition. By dealing with possible minor problems in January you can avoid possible major problems in March.
Make an appointment for the family in early January here at Smiles Nambour, to start the New Year with a healthy dental tone.
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