One of the best parts of the holiday season is all the yummy goodies that are everywhere. You will find cookies and cakes showing up around the office just waiting for you to take a bite. Parties you attend will have tray after tray of delicious desserts and snacks. Oh, and of course there are the family gatherings with homemade holiday treats.

Among all the sugary delights and delectable treats, there are two things that may suffer over the holidays: your teeth and your waistline. While dental care is important all year round, during the holidays you should take special care to protect your teeth.

Pay Attention to Those Pearly Whites

Before the holidays creep up on you, make an appointment at your local Atlanta dentist office for a thorough cleaning. This will remove any plaque build-up and tarter, thus reducing the chance of tooth decay. Also, if the dentist finds any dental problems that need to be addressed, it’s best to get them taken care of before the busy holidays.

Make sure that after a meal or a snack, you brush and floss to remove any food particles and to inhibit growth of bacteria. If you are out and about and unable to brush, rinse your mouth well to hold you over until you get home.

Schedule another cleaning appointment for after the holidays. Regular visits to your dentist in Atlanta will save you a lot of trouble in the long run and leave you with a sparkling smile. You may even want to treat yourself to a post-holiday present and have an Atlanta teeth whitening service performed.

As for the extra couple of pounds you added over the holidays, if you eat healthier and drink plenty of water, you may get back to your pre-holiday weight – plus it’s great for your teeth, too.