Is December the Perfect Month to Visit Your Dentist?

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There Isn’t a Bad Time to See Your Dentist

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year. It’s full of joy and happiness, food and family, and so much more. However, it can also be an incredibly chaotic time. People are constantly running back and forth, finishing their holiday shopping, and traveling to and from family. With all this hustle and bustle, it’s understandable that you may forget to complete a thing or two. One such thing may be visiting your dentist.

We know that going to the dentist during December may not be at the top of your list of things to do, but it might be the perfect time. There is never a bad time to go and visit your dentist. However, some months may prove more beneficial. Amid all the errands and family gatherings, December may be the best month to visit your dentist.

Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Las Colinas is here to help you with all of your oral hygiene needs and questions. We would also like to take this time to explain just how December might be the perfect time to schedule your next dental appointment.

Brighten Your Smile for the Holidays 

There are thousands of people all across the country who are embarrassed by their smile. They avoid showing their teeth at all costs. Additionally, there are just as many people who have dental anxiety. As you can probably tell, this dental anxiety stops you from seeking the cosmetic dental work you need to improve your smile. However, scheduling a visit with your dentist in December can help your smile, as well as ease your anxiety.

Talk to your dentist about their experience treating patients and all areas of dental care they provide. Explain to them where your anxiety stems from. Once they have the necessary information, they can create an environment and plan to help you feel comfortable.

Once you’re comfortable visiting the dentist, you can take the steps to become more comfortable with your smile. The specialists at Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Las Colinas excel in many cosmetic services, including:

Once your dentist has helped you overcome your dental anxiety, you can receive the cosmetic dentistry you need, helping you love your smile again. Thanks to the holidays, you also have more options to show off your smile and be proud of it.

Receive Your Second Dental Cleaning

As you may already know, dentists and all dental care experts recommend receiving dental cleanings once every six months. As the year comes to a close, you should ask yourself if you have gotten your second cleaning for the year. If not, now is the time to schedule an appointment.

During a cleaning, your dentist not only makes sure your teeth are clean, but they also ensure that you have no tooth decay, gum disease, or other oral conditions. The health of your mouth is a solid indicator of the health of your entire body. Visiting your dentist in December gives you a better look at your overall health.

Get Ahead of the New Year

After the holidays are over, many people will look to the start of the new year to take care of several responsibilities they have been putting off. Plenty of people will make caring for their teeth a priority at the beginning of the year. Chances are many dental offices will be very busy once January begins.

However, you can avoid busy waiting rooms by scheduling a visit with your dentist in December. Set aside some time in this busy month to make your teeth a priority. Whether you plan on receiving some cosmetic dentistry or simply just need a cleaning, you can go into the new year with a healthy smile.

Helps Fight the Winter Blues 

During the winter months, the weather is colder, and the days are shorter. While this means we get to celebrate the holidays, it also has quite an effect on our moods. Many people simply experience the winter blues, while others experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Only a small portion of the world experiences SAD, but for those that do, they experience symptoms of major depression during the entirety of the winter months.

The health of your mouth also affects your mental health, as well. According to studies conducted by West Virginia University, there is a strong connection between tooth loss, depression, and anxiety.

By not visiting the dentist, you put your teeth at great risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. Based on the results of this research, you also put your mental health at risk. Visiting your dentist in December helps you protect your mental health by ensuring your teeth are clean and healthy.

Flu Season Affects Your Teeth 

Hopefully, you have been able to avoid the flu this holiday season. However, if you haven’t been so lucky, a trip to the dentist may be in line. While the flu itself doesn’t attack the health of your teeth, the medicine you are given can.

Many drugstore and prescribed medicines contain high amounts of high fructose corn syrup and sucrose, and we know the damage it can do. Some are made with citric acid, alcohol, and low pH levels, which all attack your enamel. If you are told to take medicine before you go to sleep, these substances have all night to work on your teeth.

We aren’t saying not to take these medications. Please do. The flu can be very dangerous. However, it may help to schedule a dental cleaning after you’ve gotten better.

There is never a bad time to visit your dentist. However, December might be the perfect month to do it. It helps you get ready for the new year, brightens your smile for the holidays, and so much more. If you need to schedule a visit with your dentist, contact Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Las Colinas.