December 2019 Dental Flossophy

Will Sweets Sour Your Smile?

While we know it’s nearly impossible to stay completely away from those oh-so-tasty treats around the holidays, do your best to protect your smile by limiting your intake.

You should also be cautious about biting into hard candies like peanut brittle or candy canes so as to not chip a tooth or two.

Common candy offenders that can leave our teeth coated in sugar long after you’ve enjoyed them include chocolate covered pretzels, pies, marshmallow and caramel-based sweets and cookies.

Remember to brush your teeth frequently this holiday season. If you don’t have a toothbrush handy, opt for a glass of water to rinse away the acid and bacteria left behind from sticky sweets. If seasonal treats get the best of you, we’re here to help.


Make Toothpaste Time Fun

Struggling to get your kids excited about brushing? Here are some fun ideas to help your children maintain their oral hygiene:

Do they have a favourite character from a recent animated television show or movie? Chances are, you can find that popular character on a toothbrush.

Consider making a chart to encourage consistent brushing. Each time your child brushes, give them a sticker to add to the chart. You can also work out a reward system.

When picking out their toothpaste, let them pick between two options so they feel included in their oral health.

If they’re brushing correctly, compliment your kids on a job well done. We always aim to make their experience with us stress-free. If you or your family are due for a clean, give us a call to schedule an appointment.


Smiling For Holiday Photos

Trying to find the best way to whiten your teeth before 2020 arrives? Even with little time left, you’ve still got some options.

1. Whitening toothpaste. Many types of toothpaste are now made with extra whitening power. While they aren’t meant for immediate, noticeable results, you may notice an improvement in the long term. Consider adding a whitening mouth rinse to your repertoire for added brightening benefits.

2. Whitening strips. Designed to work more quickly than counting on just a toothpaste or rinse, over the counter whitening strips can brighten your smile over the course of a few weeks. However, results tend to differ from person to person.

3. Professional treatments. Ready to help your teeth sparkle nearly instantly? A professional treatment is most likely your best bet. Give our practice a call to discuss your whitening options to determine what’s best for your goals.

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Services We Mentioned:

General Dentistry

Children's Dentistry

Teeth Whitening

Dental Check-Up and Clean

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