5 Holiday Oral Health Tips for Lititz Friends and Families

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Staying healthy can seem like a challenge in the season when sweet treats and holiday parties feel like a daily occurrence — especially when it comes to your smile. You don’t want to start 2019 off with a toothache or cavity, so keep some tips in mind to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy throughout the merriest (and sugariest) time of year. We’ve got the top 5 oral health tips for Lititz below!

#1: Rinse Your Mouth Out after Sweet Treats

There is no way to fully avoid the cookies, candies, and cakes that surround you this time of year — and you likely wouldn’t want to abstain, anyway. You can still enjoy your favorites without putting your smile at great risk by rinsing with water after eating. Even better if you can brush your teeth half an hour to an hour later!

#2: Careful with Caramel (and Other Sticky Candies)

While you can feel free to enjoy the majority of your holiday dessert treats, there are some that it would be wise to avoid completely. Extra-hard toffee, nut brittle, caramel apples, and popcorn balls really present too much of a risk for your teeth to be worth it. To avoid experiencing a dental emergency like a broken or chipped tooth, stay away from these altogether.

#3: Brush and Floss Consistently

It’s easy to get out of the routine when you are traveling and staying up later than usual, but your brushing and flossing habits shouldn’t be sacrificed during the busy holiday season. To avoid this risk, make a list when you pack for an overnight trip to ensure that your toothbrush, toothpaste, AND dental floss make the suitcase. And don’t forget to check the list twice to be doubly sure!

#4: Indulge Wisely

There are some snacking hacks that can help you keep your teeth healthier this holiday season. At your next party, head straight for the snack tray and pick up a cube of cheese before you drink wine or snack on anything else. The calcium in the cheese will help to strengthen your tooth enamel, which provides a natural shield for your smile! 

#5: Schedule a Checkup and Cleaning

After the holidays are over, it is wise to book a checkup and cleaning with your dentist to make sure that you escaped the season without a cavity or other oral health issue. If you have dental insurance, these appointments are either fully or mostly covered, anyway! Head into 2019 knowing you have a healthy, beautiful smile ready for whatever the New Year throws your way.

Meet the Practice

Mor Smiles provides comprehensive dental care with the expertise of 3 excellent dentists working from the comfort of a state-of-the-art practice. They encourage all patients to book a checkup and cleaning this holiday season — to do so, you are invited to call your dentist in Lititz at (717) 340 – 0478.

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Meet Gretchen

Gretchen was told by her last Dentist that she should have all her teeth pulled and replaced with dentures. Her mother had dentures and she couldn’t even imagine not having her own teeth. She knew she was going to need a lot of work if she wanted to keep her teeth and wanted to do as few appointments as possible. Dr. Moriarty suggested IV sedation and Gretchen agreed that this was her best option. She couldn’t believe how easy the appointments were and wished she would have started the process sooner.

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Meet LuAnn

LuAnn was wearing a complete lower denture. She was disappointed that it no longer fit and was having trouble eating. She decided to have dental implants placed and have teeth anchored to the implants so she would not have to remove them. She loves her new lower teeth so much that she is ready to replace the upper teeth with new crowns that will match the bottom.

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Meet Adam

Adam was concerned about the infection in his mouth. He felt his overall health was suffering and had consulted with his medical Doctor too. Dr. Moriarty found that he had moderate gum disease and several infected teeth. After just two appointments the majority of his dentistry was completed and Adam felt his energy levels returned to normal and was feeling great.

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Meet Elizabeth

Liz suffered from severe dental phobia. She hadn’t been to the Dentist in years and just couldn’t delay dental care one more day. She was very self-conscious about her smile. She was in constant pain and she couldn’t chew her food. She wanted a natural smile and requested that all of her treatment be done with IV sedation. Liz is now very confident with her new smile and is no longer fearful of dentistry.

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Meet Iris

Iris suffered from a chronic condition that kept her isolated in her home for years. She sent an email to the office expressing how embarrassed and afraid she was to come in for care. Dr. Moriarty assured her that he would help her and his office was judgment free. Iris knew she needed a lot of work and would only consent to treatment if she could be sedated. After her initial consultation appointment, she was scheduled to get started. All of her treatment was completed in two visits under IV sedation. She is so grateful to Dr. Moriarty, not only did he change her smile, he changed her life!

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Meet Joe

Joe never really thought about his teeth. But as he got older, he noticed his teeth were falling apart. His goal was to have a younger smile which reflected his spirit. Dr. Moriarty placed all porcelain crowns on four of his upper front teeth. The result, the more youthful smile he desired.

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Meet Sara

Sara came into the office for her preventive cleaning. She was getting married in six months and confessed that she didn’t love her smile. She wanted to make some improvements before she got married. Dr. Moriarty completed two all porcelain crowns for her in just two visits. Sara was thrilled with the results and her smile was radiant in all of her wedding photos.

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Meet Jen

Jen was frustrated with her teeth. She felt like she had a cavity every time she went to the Dentist. Jen had a lot of cavities filled throughout her young life, but the fillings didn’t seem to match her teeth very well and she felt like everyone stared at her smile. She decided that she wanted a longer lasting fix for her smile. Porcelain veneers were the answer. Jen had ten veneers placed on her upper front teeth and her new smile was an instant boost in her self-confidence!

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Meet Jo

Jo wanted straight teeth all of her life. When she was an adult she decided to look at her options to correct her crooked smile. Of course, braces were suggested, but, she just couldn’t see herself with brace at this point in her life and really wanted faster results. Dr. Moriarty suggested porcelain veneers. Jo liked the idea of an instant result and in two visits she left with a gorgeous new smile.

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Meet Sue

Sue repeatedly had cosmetic bonding done on her teeth, and was satisfied with the results, but never thrilled. When it was time to replace the bonding, she expected a similar result. What she didn’t expect was this radiating smile that surpassed her expectations. She is smiling more than ever before.

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Meet Darlene

Darlene called the office at 9:00 am on a Wednesday morning. She hadn’t been to the dentist in 10 years and her front tooth broke. She was embarrassed and needed help immediately. She came to the office an hour later and left smiling. Darlene started the process of fixed bridge work, teeth that she brushes in her mouth. She knows she has other needs and vows that she will never miss a checkup appointment again!

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Meet Pamela

Pamela had beautiful porcelain crowns done years ago and has been very diligent about keeping her smile healthy. Surprisingly, she began having issues with her crown, it was loose and caused an unpleasant taste in her mouth. After a consultation, it was determined that the root of the tooth could not be saved. Pamela was given three options to replace her front tooth and she choose an implant. The root was removed and the implant was placed the same day. After a few months of healing the final restoration was completed. The results were outstanding. Pamela is positive she made the right choice to replace her tooth with an implant.