With the holidays coming up just around the corner, we want to remind our patients of some critical information on how to prepare their smiles for the upcoming months. We know many patients will be planning holiday dinners, office gatherings, or visits to see loved ones (or even a family Zoom call for social distancing purposes). With so much going on, it’s important to remember that your oral health needs attention as well. Here are our three recommendations on how to ensure your smile looks its best this holiday season:
Avoid Smile-Staining Snacks
The holidays often revolve around baking special treats and enjoying big meals with friends and family. However, some of your holiday favorites are known for leaving behind residues on your teeth which will dull their bright, white color. Some smile-staining foods and beverages to be wary of include red wine, hot cocoa, cranberry sauce, and blueberry pie. While delicious, these holiday favorites contain harsh staining agents that can be tough on your teeth. To avoid dental staining, follow up these snacks with a thorough brushing and flossing session. If you are enjoying a flavored drink, consider drinking it through a straw to prevent their contact with your teeth.
Consider Cosemtic Dentistry
We understand you look forward to the holidays and the holiday snacks all year long. If you are not looking forward to skipping out on your favorites this year, consider cosmetic dentistry. Our Severna Park, MD dentist office provides professional teeth whitening services as a part of our available cosmetic dentistry solutions. We can help restore your smile following discoloration and remove stubborn stains from your dental structures. We offer at-home treatment for teeth whitening. This treatment is designed to effectively brighten your teeth multiple shades over the course of a few weeks. Patients can reach their desired results on their own time. Many of our patients find at-home teeth whitening to be a very convenient option. We will create a custom bleaching tray that is to be worn every day for several weeks. The customized teeth bleaching trays ensure that the whitening solution is administered evenly and properly without causing damage to the gums or tooth enamel.
Use Your Insurance Benefits
Many patients forget about their unused dental insurance benefits once the holidays begin to roll in. However, we want to encourage our patients to use the benefits that they’ve worked hard for to ensure their smile is healthy and beautiful. At V. Lynn Morgan DDS LLC, we strive to provide the highest level of dental care possible in a manner that is accessible and affordable for patients. Many of our patients have dental insurance and our staff will work with you to help maximize your benefits.
Our dentists participate with several insurance plans including:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Delta Dental Premier
- Cigna DPPO Network
- United Concordia (Active Military Dependents – UCCI and Active Military – ADP).
We also work with most other dental insurance companies as a non-participating provider. We can electronically submit documentation and billing to your insurance company. If you have specific questions about your dental insurance, please contact our office.