The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and indulgence. As we immerse ourselves in the festive spirit, it’s easy to forget about the importance of general dentistry and oral health. That’s why our dentists in Dallas, TX have created the 12 Days of Dental Care – a delightful countdown designed to help you maintain a healthy smile throughout the holidays.
The best way to show your smile some love this holiday season is with a routine check-up and cleaning at Lakewood Dental Group in Dallas, TX. Our team can help you get a brighter, merrier, and healthier smile just in time for Santa and his reindeer. Contact Drs. Mihir Patel and Shaun Sigurdson today at (214) 827-1885 for a little extra cheer!
We want to celebrate the holidays with you! So, join us on this oral health journey as we explore daily tips and tricks to keep your teeth merry and bright throughout this fun and festive time of year.
Day 1: Deck the Halls and Your Toothbrush
This year, we want to kick off the dental care countdown by upgrading your toothbrush.
Many of us have boring, manual, soft-bristled toothbrushes that might be in dire need of a change. While these ordinary brushes can effectively remove plaque without damaging tooth enamel, there may be a better alternative – electric toothbrushes.
Our dentists in Dallas, TX, recommend electric toothbrushes because they take all of the guesswork (and manual work!) out of brushing. These kinds of brushes utilize high-frequency vibrations to lift plaque from teeth, ensuring a better, more thorough clean compared to manual toothbrushes. And with many of them programmed to run for at least two minutes, you’ll never wonder if you brushed long enough again!
(Psst! An electric toothbrush can definitely help with Day 2 of the 12 Days of Dental Care!)
Day 2: Two Minutes of Holiday Harmony
On the second day of our festive smile countdown, our dentists in Dallas, TX, want you to commit to spending a full two minutes brushing your teeth. Yep, that means 120 whole seconds!
Brushing for any length of time is better than not brushing at all. However, brushing for less than two minutes can leave teeth looking and feeling rough. In fact, a study found that when participants brushed for 120 seconds compared to just 45 seconds, they removed almost 30% more plaque. Talk about a major difference!
While two minutes may sound like a long time to brush, it can help to focus on something else. Our dentists in Dallas, TX, recommend singing your favorite holiday tunes or reflecting on joyous moments to help pass the time.
Day 3: Gift Yourself Flossing Skills
Flossing helps prevent cavities and gum disease, making it a crucial part of your daily routine. But, believe it or not, flossing requires some practice to get better at the activity. So, give yourself the gift of healthier gums by mastering the art of flossing!
On the third day, practice proper flossing techniques to ensure you reach all the nooks and crannies between your teeth. Be sure to use a sweeping, C-like motion to scrap the sides of teeth, even below the gumline. Need help? Just ask our dentists in Dallas, TX, for a demonstration at your next check-up!
Day 4: Four Glasses of Water Flowing
Hydration is essential for our bodies to function properly, including our mouths. Water helps rinse away bacteria, reduces acidity in the mouth, and supports saliva production, which plays a vital role in neutralizing harmful acids.
On the fourth day, our dentists in Dallas, TX, want you to aim for drinking at least four glasses of water. If you’re a new water drinker, you can start with one glass and work your way up to four. Just be consistent in your goal!
Day 5: Five Golden Dental Appointments
Well…you don’t have to schedule five dental appointments – just one! On the fifth day of our 12 Days of Dental care, our dentists in Dallas, TX, want you to schedule a routine dental check-up These appointments are crucial for catching issues early, preventing dental problems, and ensuring your smile stays healthy and bright.
Day 6: Snowy Snacks and Healthy Bites
Embrace the winter wonderland with healthy snacks on the sixth day. Opt for crunchy fruits and vegetables, like apples and carrots. These not only satisfy your holiday cravings but also act as natural tooth cleaners, helping to remove plaque and stimulate saliva production.
Day 7: Silent Night, Peaceful Jaw
On the seventh day, our dentists in Dallas, TX, want to practice mindful relaxation techniques with you. Mindfulness and cognitive training can help us focus on relaxation, allowing us to shed the stress of the holiday season.
But mindfulness doesn’t just help us de-stress – it helps us avoid teeth grinding and jaw clenching, common stress-related habits. So, breathe in, breathe out, and focus on your gratitude.
Day 8: Sweet Smiles, Sugar-Free Style
Swap sugary treats for sugar-free alternatives on the eighth day. Sugar-free gum and candies can satisfy your sweet tooth without contributing to cavities. Look for products sweetened with xylitol, a sugar substitute known for its oral health benefits.
Day 9: Mistletoe Mouthwash Magic
On the ninth day, our dentists in Dallas, TX, suggest elevating your oral care routine with mouthwash. Choose an alcohol-free, sugar-free mouthwash with fluoride to strengthen enamel and fight bacteria. Rinse after meals, especially if you can’t brush right away.
Day 10: Holiday Brushing, Morning and Night
Consistent brushing habits are the foundation of a healthy smile. So, on the tenth day, double down on your brushing routine by brushing your teeth in the morning and at night.
Day 11: Wintery Whites with a Whitening Smile
Want your smile to look like a white Christmas? Teeth whitening with our dentists in Dallas, TX, can help! Not only is dentist-supervised whitening very effective, but it can boost your confidence and add an extra sparkle to your holiday photos.
Day 12: Reflect and Resolve for Dental Success
As we reach the twelfth and final day, take a moment to reflect on your commitment to oral health during the holiday season. Resolve to carry these healthy habits into the New Year, ensuring a lasting and radiant smile for many festive seasons to come.
Yule Be Smiling with Our Dentists in Dallas, TX
Kick off the 12 Days of Dental Care with the team at Lakewood Dental Group. We can take your pearly whites from naughty to nice in just one appointment. Give our dentists in Dallas, TX, a call at (214) 827-1885, or reserve your appointment online here!