The holidays are just around the corner… is your smile ready for them? Dr. Nish Patel has some advice on how to best prepare your smile for the holidays. Read more below:
Use Your Insurance Benefits
You may have heard the saying, “If you don’t use them, you will lose them!” This is true about dental insurance benefits. Many patients forget about their dental insurance benefits once the holidays come around. However, once the new year comes, you won’t be able to utilize the benefits that you missed out on this year. Now is the perfect time to set up your next preventative care appointment. Manatee Advanced Dentistry accepts most all dental insurance plans and will gladly file your claim at the time of your visit to our office. We can obtain an estimate of you benefits prior to your treatment to enable you to budget your dental care expenses.
Beware of Holiday Favorites
Family dinners, holiday parties, and office gatherings usually include a variety of holiday snacks and beverages that can be tough on your teeth. Many holiday favorites contain harmful staining agents that stick to your dental structures and dull your smile. Enjoy the following snacks and beverages in moderation:
- Hot Cocoa
- Red Wine
- Fruit-Flavored Pies
- Cranberry Sauce
If you do enjoy these snacks and beverages, don’t worry! Our office offers teeth whitening services as a part of our cosmetic dentistry solutions. Dr. Nish Patel offers both in office and take home professional teeth whitening to brighten your smile and reverse the natural darkening of teeth that occurs because of the foods and beverages we consume. Both options will address cosmetic concerns such as stained and darkened teeth.
Remember: Touch-up appointments are available for teeth whitening. This means that you can go ahead and schedule your teeth whitening appointments before all of your holiday events if you are concerned about looking your best. Then, if needed, you can schedule a touch-up appointment once the new year rolls around to restore your smile from all of your holiday fun.
Remember To Brush And Floss
Your dental health requires constant care to ensure the longevity and functionality of your smile. Make sure that you continue to brush and floss at least twice a day even when the holidays begin to make things hectic.
We are here for you when you need us the most. Our family dentist office is located on 50th Street West, directly off of Manatee Avenue West, convenient to US-301/Tamiami Trail. Come visit us soon, and have a great holiday season.