Halloween and its onslaught of sugary treats will soon pass but that only means the winter holidays and all of their rich culinary indulges will follow close behind – from brown sugar-laden sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving to daily chocolates from a Christmas advent calendar. For Glendale cosmetic dentist and dental implant specialist Dr. Donald Wilcox, the calendar’s steady march toward the winter holidays serves as a timely reminder of the importance of practicing sugar moderation.

Sugar and the bacteria it leaves behind on your teeth is the number-one cause of tooth decay and gum disease. When left untreated, these dental hygiene problems can lead to the kind of deterioration that will require tooth whitening, root canals, or myriad other restorative dentistry and/or cosmetic dentistry treatments to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

Here are four easy steps for protecting your teeth from excess damage during the year-end holiday revelry.

Step One: Brush daily, and especially after food-laden events.

Step Two: Floss at least once a day.

Step Three: Rinse regularly with antiseptic mouthwash.

Step Four: Avoid sticky sweets that cling to your teeth.

If you live in Glendale or Phoenix and are concerned about the health of your teeth or interested in additional guidance for maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile, please contact Desert Smiles online today or call 602-978-1790 to schedule an appointment.

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