Is Your Smile Ready for the Holidays?

smoochingKissing is an important ritual during the end-of-year holiday celebrations. For instance, couples often kiss at the strike of the New Year’s first minute in hopes that it will bring them love and good luck throughout the year. Whatever the reason, chances are that you will enjoy a kiss or several this holiday season. Make sure your mouth is prepared by following these tips to a kissable mouth, brought to you by your Encinitas periodontist Dr. Ann Kania.

Tips for a Kissable Mouth

  • The first step to a kissable mouth is to ensure that it is attractive, which requires a strong and healthy foundation. Although the advice is so common that it is almost clichéd, Dr. Kania stresses the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth to help them remain free of infection and disease. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once, to keep them clean of food debris and harmful bacterial plaque.
  • Most people can be a little self-conscious about their breath during social functions, or other events that involve the congregating of other people. However, detecting your own bad breath can be rather difficult. Many times, foul exhalations can stem from poor oral hygiene. Some oral bacteria release noxious, volatile sulfur compounds that assault the sense of smell. Brushing and flossing your teeth helps inhibit bacteria from gathering in your mouth, helping to eliminate bad breath.
  • If your bad breath persists in spite of your best efforts, it may indicate an underlying dental condition that needs to be addressed. If you haven’t visited your dentist in a while, be sure to attend a dental checkup and ensure your oral health is up to par.

Keep Your Mouth in Good Shape

To learn more, contact Dr. Kania at our Encinitas periodontal care office by calling (706) 642-0711. We serve patients from Encinitas, San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, La Costa, and the neighboring communities.