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How to Keep Your Smile Healthy This Holiday Season

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Even though there are a lot of temptations during the holidays to eat sweets and neglect your oral care in favor of late-night snacks, it’s possible to keep your smile healthy and cavity-free as the year comes to an end.

You don’t have to skip brushing and flossing just to make time for family, friends, and parties. Here’s how you can minimize damage to your smile this holiday!

Keep to Your Schedule

Many people experience schedule changes this time of year which can make it easy to miss brushing their teeth here and there. However, you want to keep to your routine as much as possible to avoid hurting your teeth and gums.

Be sure to continue to brush for two minutes two times a day and floss just once a day. Keep a spare toothbrush on hand just in case a family member accidentally uses yours or you lose it while traveling.

If you have kids, you can set a good example by keeping your teeth healthy through sticking to your oral care routine. Remind kids that just because they may be on vacation doesn’t mean bacteria and plaque are!

Eat Veggies

Yes, there are plenty of cookies and candy canes this time of year, but there should be vegetables too!

Look for vegetable or fruit platters at holiday gatherings. If you know there won’t be many healthy options at the event you’re attending, offer to bring a dish that’s tooth-friendly.

You can have sweets, but enjoy some veggies while celebrating and know that your smile will thank you.

Stay Hydrated

You can help protect your smile this holiday simply by sipping water. Water does a lot more for your teeth and gums than you think.

Saliva prevents sugars and other acidic foods and drinks such as alcohol from attacking your tooth enamel. When you’re dehydrated from neglecting water or sipping alcohol, your tooth enamel could be under attack.

Staying hydrated and having water with your alcoholic drink, after sweets, or in-between meals can help keep your oral cavity protected.

Protect Your Smile

Watch out for things that can hurt your teeth over winter break—think opening packages or cracking open nuts with your teeth. Don’t use your teeth as tools!

If you’re playing sports with the family or your child is spending their days off playing sports with friends, consider investing in a custom mouthguard. You can never be too safe when it comes to your smile.

See Your Dentist

Even during the hectic season that it is, this is an excellent opportunity to see your dentist.

You can get any issues with your smile addressed before going away with family, reducing the chances you’ll experience a dental emergency and will need to seek help. The kids are about to be out of school, so take advantage of this time and schedule a dentist visit for your little ones.

This is also the perfect time to treat yourself and have your smile look its best this holiday. A professional checkup can spot and resolve problems, a cleaning can remove stains, and you may even choose to splurge for a professional teeth whitening!

We Look Forward to Seeing You!

Schedule a visit with us at Carpathian Dental. We’re happy to help you keep your smile beautiful this holiday season and all year long. Our professional dentists Dr. Bucker, Dr. Aronson, and Dr. Sprague are ready to ensure you enjoy the holidays pain-free and with a winning smile.

Enjoy your holiday season and have a Happy New Year!

How Important Is Bacteria to Oral Health?

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Bacteria plays a huge role in our oral health! 700 different oral bacteria have been identified in the human mouth with each person having up to 300 different varieties in their mouth at any given time.

With so many bacteria in our mouths, it makes sense that these tiny organisms would have the potential to either help or hurt our smiles. While many of these bacteria aren’t harmful, you do have some good bacteria and some potentially bad bacteria in your mouth. Just how important are these different kinds of bacteria to your oral health?

An article by Dr. Hayes Aronson.  Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: HOW IMPORTANT IS BACTERIA TO ORAL HEALTH?

Can You Be Too Aggressive with Your Flossing?

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Flossing is an excellent practice for your oral care routine. It helps remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach—which is an estimated 40% of your mouth! Dentists everywhere advocate for safe and healthy flossing when it comes to your dental health.

However, you can be too aggressive with your flossing to the point that you actually damage your teeth and gums. When done incorrectly, harsh flossing can cause a host of problems. Here’s how you can know if you’re hurting your smile by flossing too aggressively!

An article by Dr. Hayes Aronson.  Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: CAN YOU BE TOO AGGRESSIVE WITH YOUR FLOSSING?

What Is Gum Grafting?

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Gum grafting is the process of taking gum tissue from another area in the mouth and attaching it to places where gum tissue is lacking, such as in areas where gum recession has occurred. Since gum recession is a symptom of gum disease, if left untreated, it can progress to expose the tooth roots and cause severe tooth sensitivity.

What types of gum grafts are commonly done and what can you expect from this procedure?

An article by Dr. Hayes Aronson.  Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: WHAT IS GUM GRAFTING?

The Consequences of Skipping Those Yearly Teeth Cleanings

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Getting your teeth cleaned at least once a year doesn’t seem like a huge chore, yet so many people neglect to schedule their regular checkup at the dentist.

Regardless of what’s holding you back from visiting your dentist, keep in mind that there are few things scarier than the consequences of skipping your annual teeth cleaning. Consider the following health risks before you decide to forgo that essential dentist appointment!

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: THE CONSEQUENCES OF SKIPPING THOSE YEARLY TEETH CLEANINGS

At What Age Should My Child Wear a Mouthguard During Sports?

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Mouthguards are essential when it comes to sports, even for adults. Mouthguards are usually mandatory for contact sports such as football, lacrosse, wrestling, and hockey.

However, even wearing a mouthguard during non-contact sports such as soccer, basketball, and baseball can help prevent injuries. Any child who plays a sport—regardless of age—should wear a mouthguard. But why?

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: AT WHAT AGE SHOULD MY CHILD WEAR A MOUTHGUARD DURING SPORTS?

What Is an Impacted Wisdom Tooth and How Is It Treated?

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Wisdom teeth are those third molars way at the back of the mouth that don’t come in until your latter teenage years, sometimes not even until your 20s! While some people won’t experience problems with their wisdom teeth, many people find that they have impacted wisdom teeth.

What exactly is an impacted wisdom tooth?

An article by Dr. Hayes Aronson.  Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: WHAT IS AN IMPACTED WISDOM TOOTH AND HOW IS IT TREATED?

How to Best Manage Your Child’s Teething

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Children begin the teething process anywhere from 3 months old to 6 months old. You may notice your baby drooling more, being more irritable, or trying to chew things. You may also be able to see a tooth beginning to erupt through the gumline.

Although teething can be a challenging time for both parents and kids, it’s important to remember that this is only a temporary experience for your child. Teething tends to be worse when children are tired or at night, making it harder for both you and your baby to sleep. How can you help your baby feel better when the pain of teething is present? Here are some suggestions to best manage your child’s teething.

An article by Dr. Hayes Aronson.  Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: HOW TO BEST MANAGE YOUR CHILD’S TEETHING

Is Too Much Fluoride Bad for Your Smile?

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Fluoride has long been known to be beneficial in the fight against tooth decay. Fluoride is a naturally occurring element, but can also be found in toothpaste, drinking water, and you can receive it from treatments at your local dentist office.

However, there is such a thing as too much fluoride. Whether you get fluoride from a drinking source or your dental care products, it’s important to know whether or not the amount you’re getting is safe and beneficial for your smile.

Here’s how too much fluoride could negatively impact your teeth.

An article by Dr. Hayes Aronson.  Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: IS TOO MUCH FLUORIDE BAD FOR YOUR SMILE?

How Does a Dentist Diagnose Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep apnea is a debilitating sleep disorder in which a person actually stops breathing at numerous points throughout the night. Usually, a person isn’t aware that they wake up gasping for breath after these episodes. A spouse or partner is typically the one to alert them of the instances.

Although dentists cannot provide an official diagnosis for sleep apnea, these professionals are often the first people to come into contact with the disorder and can provide further guidance and even initiate treatment.

Here’s how your dentist can help with your sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment.

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: HOW DOES A DENTIST DIAGNOSE SLEEP APNEA?

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