You may be busy this time of year with holiday preparations and gatherings. But don’t let that keep you from taking care of your teeth and protecting your family’s dental health. The wonderful holiday desserts and treats we all love can also be the cause of tooth decay and gum disease in the New Year, if we aren’t paying attention to our dental care. Being healthy is always in season.
You can protect your family’s teeth by making holiday dental check-up appointments today at Smiles by Hogan. Dr. Hogan is an experienced family dentist, and he can help you keep your family healthy year round.
Mt. Pleasant Family Dentistry Healthy Holiday Tips
Limit Sugar Intake: Holiday gatherings are notorious for sugar overload. But remember that consuming unhealthy amounts of sugar can destroy your good oral health this holiday season. Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by harmful bacteria in the mouth. The bacteria that causes damage to your teeth uses sugar for energy. Limit your sugar intake and you can limit the damage to your teeth.
- Make Healthy Substitutions: When it’s your turn to host a holiday party, try serving healthy holiday substitutions like fruits, yogurts, nuts, and cheeses. With so many opportunities to load up on sugary treats, a healthy substitution here and there can make a world of difference to your family’s health.
- Be Prepared: If you plan to travel or go to parties this holiday season remember to bring a travel sized oral hygiene kit with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Being able to brush and floss after eating a sugary dessert or drinking wine can help prevent decay from taking root.
- Eat Healthy First: Make sure that you and your family eat a healthy meal before partaking of sugary treats. The fuller you are, the less room you have for desserts.
- Use Cavity Fighting Foods: If you do give in to sugary temptations there are foods that can strengthen your teeth and gums to help fight cavities. Low fat milk and cheese can provide you with the calcium and vitamin D your teeth need to stay strong. And sugar-free gum containing, Xylitol, has been shown to help prevent cavities as well.
- Visit Your Trusted Mt. Pleasant Family Dentist: The most important step you can take to ensure your family’s dental health this season is to get them up-to-date with their dental check-ups. The dentist can provide extra cavity protection with dental sealants and fluoride treatments.
Tooth decay is one of the most common, non-infectious diseases, in the world. Don’t let your family fall victim to tooth decay this holiday season. A Mt. Pleasant Family Dentistry appointment will ensure your family stays healthy this holiday season, so make an appointment with Dr. Kevin Hogan at Smiles by Hogan today. Dr. Hogan proudly serves families throughout Charleston, SC, including Mt. Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Daniel Island, West Ashley and surrounding communities.
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If you are ready to explore ways to rejuvenate your smile, or you just need a cleaning and x-rays, call today for a free consultation or to schedule an appointment. Dr. Kevin Hogan graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and has over 40 years of experience. He completed continuing education at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, a world-renowned comprehensive and aesthetic dentistry center. He has also finished extensive coursework with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and lectured at both North Carolina and Emory University.
He is known for his artistic skill, professionalism, and ability to find the right solution for an array of dental challenges. Dr. Kevin Hogan is a cosmetic and restorative dentist serving patients in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina and the greater Charleston, SC areas.