It is hard to imagine that at this busy time of year, Santa could fit time into his busy schedule to visit the dentist! But here he is, taking time away from checking the “naughty and nice” lists, overseeing last minute gift and decoration prep and getting that final tune-up on his sleigh!

We were also wondering how he could find the time to drop in for an appointment with all the work he has to do! So we asked him.

“Ho, ho, ho!” he replied. “How could I not visit all the good little girls and boys at my dental office? This is a very important time for my teeth. With all the cookies and milk I will be having in such a short period of time, I wanted to be certain that my teeth are ready for all that sugar!” he chortled.

Of course, Santa will tell you that it is not enough to look after your teeth just for the Holiday Season!

“No, no, no!” he laughed. “Taking good care of your teeth is a year round responsibility! To keep my smile looking its best, I brush at least twice a day and floss at least once. And I visit my dentist at least twice a year…sometimes more if I need to. I also like keeping in touch with my friends at for great oral health tips year round too!”

“And just as importantly, I make sure I eat a good diet, full of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. It is not always easy to get fresh foods like that at the North Pole. But it is sure worth the effort. I find a good diet really helps keep my teeth strong and my gums healthy!”

A good diet? Santa? With all those cookies?

Santa chuckled. “Yes, it is hard to believe. But really, it is only the one day a year I do this. The rest of the year, I keep sugar to a minimum and focus on my health. You have to be strong and in good shape to travel across the world in just one night!”

“Don’t let my ‘bowl full of jelly’ belly fool you!” he continued. “I take healthy living seriously. And for me, that includes looking after my oral health! After all, an unhealthy mouth usually means an unhealthy body!”

So, we asked Santa if he had any final tips for everyone before he went back to preparing for the Big Day!

“Just look after yourselves,” he winked. “That means love yourselves and each other. It is an important part of the Spirit of the Season! The more you do that, the happier you will be. All that love, and those healthy teeth, will look great in the smiles of your Holiday photos!”

“Because,” Santa continued, “living the Spirit of the Season year round is a healthy habit…and healthier habits lead to healthier lives.

Dr. Peter Georgopoulos

Dental Surgeon