While it is the most wonderful time of the year, our teeth are often the last thing we think about. Keep your smile merry and bright during and long after the holiday season with these helpful tips.
1. Go Easy on the Sweets and Drinks
Cookies, candy canes, eggnog- oh my! Sweet treats and delicious drinks are a cornerstone of this season and it can be hard to avoid them. You don’t have to completely cut out these treats, but be sure to snack sensibly. Snacking multiple times throughout the day exposes more sugar to your teeth which increases the risk of tooth decay. To keep the decay at bay, select a time of the day to indulge and brush your teeth 30 minutes afterward.
2. Stick to Good Habits
The holidays can be a hectic time, but don’t let the busy season keep you from good dental habits. With all the treats and alcoholic beverages you may be consuming, following a dental care routine is more crucial than ever. Remember to brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once daily.
3. Protect Your Teeth
Although it can be tempting, try to avoid using your teeth as a substitute for proper tools. For example, use scissors to open packages and remove stubborn ribbons, a bottle opener to open bottles and a nutcracker to crack the hard shell of nuts. Using your teeth to open anything has potential to break a tooth and cause unnecessary pain.
4. Drink Water
Drinking water is great for your overall health, including your oral health! Water helps freshens your breath, washes away bacteria in your mouth, and aids in digestion. If you sip on anything that may stain your teeth, such as coffee, wine or soda, swishing with water afterward can help keep your teeth stain-free!
If you need a dental check-up after the holidays schedule an appointment at Beall Dental Center!