Now that the holiday season is almost here, you probably have all sorts of fun things on your to do list. Whether you are heading to a relative’s house or just staying festive at home, there are all sorts of delicious festive foods and exciting activities to look forward to. However, this time of year isn’t the best for your smile. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to enjoy the season without starting the new year with a mouthful of cavities. Continue reading to learn some tips.
Keep Up Your Oral Hygiene
If you are traveling or have a lot planned, it can be easy to fall off your normal oral hygiene routine. Be sure that you’re continuing to brush twice and floss at least once every single day. Another great step is using a mouthwash to rinse away food particles left in your mouth. If you’re traveling, don’t forget to pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss with you.
You should be staying hydrated, especially at this time. As much as you’d like to enjoy a can of soda or glass of wine, these beverages can be harmful for your oral health. If you’re craving something fizzy, have a sparkling water. If you’re looking forward to wind down with an adult beverage, choose something less acidic and sugary, like a gun and tonic.
Reduce Your Sugar Intake
It’s okay to have a treat or two every once in a while, but many of us like to overindulge when the holidays come around. After all, eggnog, candy canes, and gingerbread are quite tempting. Be sure to limit the number of sugary treats you’re having. If you are craving something sweet, try having some fresh fruit or sugar-free gum instead. When you do have something sugary, clean your mouth thoroughly afterwards.
Make Healthy Choices
Not all holiday foods are harmful for your smile. Lots of them have essential nutrients that your body will benefit from. Save a large portion of your plate for turkey, which contains phosphorus and protein, and vegetables. Broccoli and carrots are high in vitamin A. You could even start out your meal with a cheese board. Dairy products are high in calcium, which is necessary to keep your teeth and bones strong. If you want a salty snack, try some salted nuts.
Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools
Don’t use your teeth to pop bottles or open stubborn packaging. You could easily end up with a cracked or chipped tooth. Instead try to find the tool you need or ask someone else for help to get the job done.
You don’t want to spend extra time in the dental chair in the new year, so attend your regular checkups and use the tips listed above! This way, you can enjoy the holiday season without needing to worry.
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At Brookwood Dental Associates, we have a team of six skilled dentists with many years of experience to offer. With their combined expertise, patients can get pretty much anything they need all under one roof! To learn more ways to keep your smile healthy, or to schedule an appointment at our office in Lansdale, visit our website or call (215) 368-2424.