Tooth Talk with Brinkley Dental Group – Closing out December and Ringing in the New Year

Previously we discussed how stressful December is for some. That said, we sincerely hope you and your loved ones are making an effort to have a wonderful, calm and family-centered holiday season. Since our regular posting date would fall on Christmas Day, for those that celebrate that particular holiday, we wish you a very Merry Christmas but please note – we won’t be posting Christmas Day and that’s why you’re reading this blog now! Instead, we actually just want to use this opportunity to wish you and your family Happy Holidays from the Brinkley Dental family.

That said we would be remiss if we didn’t also take the time to provide you with a gentle reminder on the importance of oral care during the holiday season. It tends to be a time of over-indulgence and not always with the healthiest of food choices. Little ones devour those chocolate Santa’s and enjoy the occasional pop or hot chocolate and adults imbibe perhaps a little more than average when it comes to Christmas cocktails. All the more reason you need to pay special attention to your teeth, brushing regularly and flossing in particular. You might even consider carrying a small bottle of mouthwash in your purse or glove box for those “in-between” times when brushing proves problematic.

While we are on the topic of teeth and the holidays, if you’re looking for stocking stuffers or eight days of Hanukkah suggestions, a toothbrush is always a good idea! (Especially since chocolate coins are a popular gift item in the Jewish tradition!) So too is a tube of toothpaste and even dental floss. Make these gifts fun by treating the little ones to a “special” kind of toothpaste you might not ordinarily indulge in – perhaps one with their favourite cartoon character on the label. The same applies for the toothbrush. After all, you really shouldn’t be keeping a toothbrush longer than three months anyway so a little indulgence at holiday time is fine.

The holidays are also a great time to try and squeeze in an appointment with your Dentist. Yes – that’s right, coming to visit us has actually become a tradition for some families! With the extra time off from school, scheduling an appointment might be a little easier for you and if so, we encourage you to give us a call. Starting off the New Year with clean and healthy teeth sounds like a great new years resolution to us and might help make achieving all your other new years resolutions that much easier! From our family to yours, Happy New Year and as always: ”don’t forget to be a BFF with your mouth and Brush that SMILE!”