Twelve days of Teethlicious Christmas Part 3

Welcome! Its Teethlicious Tuesday,  on this day we talk about the “Tooth”, and nothing but the “Tooth”. 

Christmas season is in the air! Last week we started unveiling the gifts of Teethlicious Christmas Read Part 1  and Part 2 here. Dr Oyaks brings to you the continuation of the twelve days of Teethlicious Christmas, Read, Enjoy and Share!

On the 7th day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Seven holiday tips. 

  1. Be cautious of your sugar intake. Sweets, candies, chocolates are usually in abundance during the Christmas season be cautious how you throw them in your mouth to reduce the incidence of caries formation.
  2. Stay clear of carbonated “soft” drinks – Carbonated drinks are beverages that contain dissolved carbon dioxide. When you drink sweetened, carbonated soda, the sugar remains in your mouth, promoting the processes that lead to tooth decay. The acid in these carbonated drinks further increase the likelihood of developing cavities, because these chemicals also slowly erode the enamel of your teeth. Holiday parties are rife with these drinks and this sugary substance is never good for your teeth they can “soften” your teeth.
  3. Dip into veggies – At holiday events, skip the trays of Christmas cookies, cakes, ice-creams, biscuits and brownies and instead fill your plate with veggies.
  4. Don’t use your teeth as a tool – The holidays come with packages to open, tape to apply to presents and loads of other things you may be tempted to break open or cut with your teeth. Don’t do it! Using your teeth as a tool can cause chips and breaks.
  5. Don’t munch all the time, Rest your jaw. Don’t let it be munching all the time. We often structure our holiday events around food, but this is not good for your teeth or your waistline. To take the focus off of food, set up activities like board and card games, craft projects or holiday movie marathons. Munching all day can put your teeth at greater risk for decay. Instead of leaving out things to munch on, only put out food at mealtimes and then stash the food away. We all know just how much food and drink is consumed over the Christmas period, so it’s important to take care of your teeth!
  6. Quit smoking & moderate alcohol consumption. There is no point sacrificing your lungs and liver this holiday season. Jesus Christ birth is celebration for us to remember our savior is here to help us overcome any addiction to harmful substances. 
  7. Get a professional dental clean. It’s the end of the year, you have done enough DIYs, it’s time to give your teeth professional care especially if you haven’t seen one this whole year. Make an appointment today if you are in Ghana click here to find a dental facility near you.



On the 8th day of Christmas my true love sent to me, eight incisors are cutting. 

Incisors from Latin incidere, “to cut”.
Incisors are shaped like tiny chisels with flat ends that are sharp. Incisors are the eight teeth in the front of your mouth (four on top and four on bottom). These teeth are used for cutting and chopping food.
These are the teeth that you use to take bites of your food.

Incisors are usually the first teeth to erupt.


On the 9th day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Nine specialists are caring. 

There are nine essential recognized dental specialist types, including:

  1. Endodontists : Endodontists are root canal treatment specialists. Its study and practice encompass the basic clinical sciences, including biology of the normal pulp, and etiology, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp and associated periradicular tissues.
  2. Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist: An Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist is a dental specialist who has successfully completed an accredited advanced education program in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology which is that branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the prescription, production and interpretation of diagnostic images for the diagnosis and management of diseases and disorders of the craniofacial complex.
  3. Public Health Dentist : is a dental specialist who has successfully completed an accredited advanced educational program in dental public health which is that branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, prevention and control of dental diseases and the promotion of oral health through organized community efforts. Dental Public Health serves the community through research, health promotion, education and group dental care programs.
  4. Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine & Pathologist: A practitioner in oral medicine is a dental specialist who has successfully completed a formal advanced education program in oral medicine. A practitioner in oral pathology is a dental specialist who has successfully completed a formal advanced education program in oral pathology.  Oral Medicine and Pathology is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, nature and primarily non-surgical management of oral, maxillofacial and temporomandibular diseases and disorders, including dental management of patients with medical complications. Oral medicine and oral pathology are two applied components of this specialty.
  5. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon: There specialty includes the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects involving both functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. They receive hospital-based training in oral and facial surgical procedures and anesthesia, in addition to extensive medical training to care for the medically compromised patients.
  6. Orthodontist : are specially trained dentists who specialize in the development, prevention, and correction of irregularities of the teeth, bite, and jaws. Specializing in straightening teeth and management of jaw relations in both children and adults.
  7. Pediatric Dentist: A specialist dealing particularly with the oral health care of children, providing primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health diagnosis, care and consultative expertise for infants and children through adolescence, including those of all ages with special care needs.
  8. Periodontist: are concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth, gum-related diseases or their substitutes and the maintenance of the health, function and aesthetics of these structures and tissues.
  9. Prosthodontist: A dental specialists who has undergone additional training and certification concerned with the diagnosis, restoration and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance and health of the patient by the restoration of the natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth and contiguous oral and maxillofacial tissues with artificial substitutes. It is the branch of dentistry that also specializes in understanding the dynamics of the smile and preserving a healthy mouth.

In this month of December, on Tuesdays more will be revealed on the remaining gifts our true love sent to us. Stay tuned next week on #Teethlicious Tuesdays with DrOyaks.

Thanks for reading and spread the love. Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

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