When the end of the year rolls around, events can conspire against maintaining good oral health on multiple levels: abundant sweet snacks and drinks, stress from constrained time, work, and family pressures, and lowered capacity to resist unhealthy compromises in our routines.
EK Dental Surgery in Glen Waverley hopes to have a positive influence on your oral health at the end of this year by offering you a few pieces of free advice. Sometimes, by just being a little more self-aware and thinking about things once or twice, we can improve our bahaviour in subtle ways that can benefit us.
First, you will probably eat and drink more during the holidays than normal, but try to keep that increase to a minimum. Sugars and alcohol feed the bacteria that weaken teeth and cause gum disease. Remember that when you’re at the office parties, family gatherings, or celebrations in December.
Secondly, it’s important to maintain good homecare habits. Don’t even think about not brushing twice and flossing at least once a day. Get a portable toothbrush kit for added protection during the holidays. Rinsing often, especially after alcohol and snacks is helpful to delay decay. Stress can damage oral health quickly, so don’t neglect regular workouts or other ways of dealing with stress in a healthy manner.
Lastly, spread good dental homecare practices to others. Training by example and encouragement can help children to form healthy, life-long dental hygiene habits. Consider that the elderly in your life, especially if they have infirmities, may need help with oral homecare and maybe you could be of help to them. Making a family tradition of an early January dental check-up to mitigate any dental problems before they become serious is a good way to prevent serious and expensive problems.
Make an appointment for the family in early January at EK Dental Surgery, to start the New Year with a healthy dental tone.
Contact us today on (03) 9887 8787 or book your appointment online