Anderson Dental Care - December 2018

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ANDERSON DENTAL CARE Nathan Brooks, DDS, Inc.

7525 STATE RD, STE. A, CINCINNATI, OH 45255 | 513-438-8152 | WWW.ATOWNDENTAL.COM | DECEMBER 2018

TWINKLY LIGHTS AND HOLIDAY CANDIES SOME OF THE BEST (AND WORST) CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

The celebrations surrounding any fun-filled holiday usually bring memories of past family traditions to the forefront of people’s minds. Christmas, for example, is chock-full of rituals that are passed down like heirlooms through generations. If your mom made a tasty breakfast casserole for you and your siblings to devour on Christmas morning, you might find yourself doing the same for your own kids. If your dad challenged you to a snowman- building contest during your holiday break from school, you’ll likely find yourself engaging in that same competition as a parent. This year in particular, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time thinking about all the traditions associated with the holiday season, and I’ve found that while most of them are wonderful because they bring families closer together, others can be somewhat problematic. As a dentist, I can’t help but stress over the traditions that negatively affect people’s teeth. Food is one of the biggest issues. From October all the way through December, you probably find yourself eating food you ordinarily wouldn’t. Around Halloween, you’ll have Jolly Ranchers, Laffy Taffy, and Gobstoppers. Then once Christmas rolls around, you’ll have candy canes, peppermint bark, and peanut brittle. Because your teeth are used to softer foods during the other months, they are more likely to break as you chomp through these desserts with harder textures.

In addition to the types of sweets that are popular this time of year, your teeth can suffer from the weather. As you stroll through the freezing temperatures to walk your dog or catch the bus, you might notice that your teeth chatter to combat the cold, which can also result in broken teeth. People can also injure their teeth during the holiday season because of stress. With the chaos that surrounds the holiday season, people can feel pressured to get all the planning done. Between preparing and cooking meals, cleaning the house, and shopping for gifts, stress is nearly inevitable. If you feel overtaxed, make sure you aren’t making a habit of grinding your teeth. While some traditions — like eating hard

customs my family and I share make this year especially noteworthy. We start out the month of December by driving around and looking at the Christmas lights — it’s one of our favorite traditions. How cool is it that during the darkest time of year, people all across the world hang up lights to brighten the night sky? In a way, it’s like these twinkly lights bring cheer to a darkened world. My family and I love to go see the festival of lights at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. I imagine that this year, the display will be just as beautiful as ever. In addition to admiring the lights around town, we will also gather up members of our family and go caroling. We usually bake treats, let our kids pick some of their friends’ houses to visit, and sing them a few of the Christmas classics. I always want to lead with “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” but my kids are too fond of “Jingle Bells” to agree with me! Because so many relatives are visiting this Christmas, we’ll have a total of 15 carolers to help us share in the holiday cheer. For me, no family tradition outweighs another, and regardless of what you do to celebrate this year, have fun, be safe, and to give your dentist a little more peace of mind, take extra-special care of your teeth.

candies — should be sampled rather than indulged in this year, other traditions should definitely be celebrated. Some of the annual world hang up lights to brighten the night sky?” “How cool is it that during the darkest time of year, people all across the

– Dr. Brooks

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