Holiday Healthy Teeth
It’s that time of year. The time of year that we have holiday after holiday. We have just finished the holiday of horror for our teeth with endless candy and sugar. We now enter into the holidays of fests, desserts and family.
We all know that holiday season is already stressful as it is with; family in town, house guests, large feasts, gifts and cooking disasters right before the big dinner. The last thing we all want to worry about is cavities, our crowns coming out or gum disease. However, no matter how much you may want to put off your health, it should always be at the top of your holiday to do list, teeth included.
So, what are some healthy choices for yourself and your family that can be made this holiday season that do not impose too much on your feasting and family time? They’re really fairly simple.
- First and foremost; have a healthy oral routine. Besides just for the holidays, you should be brushing two times a day for at least two minutes each time. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, floss daily and use mouthwash.
- While the sweets are always delicious; You should make dessert as part of your meal. Yes, we typically wait for dessert last but if you actually eat your dessert with your meal, it is less likely that the sugars will stick in the crevices of your teeth. The other foods will help out your teeth as well as can possibly neutralize acids from sweets which is a prime meal for bacteria to grow cavities. Let’s not feed the bacteria a holiday feast. Also opt out of taking that second portion of sweets. Instead double up on your healthy dinner choices so you are not reaching for those extra sweets and desserts. Your mouth and teeth will thank you.
- Drink plenty of water; water is an all around healthy choice no matter the season for your whole body. Instead of grabbing for the soda or high sugar drinks, grab a water. Replenish your body with water after all of your hard work during these holidays.
- Be prepared; if you already know your holidays will be spent away from home,consider packing a little oral hygiene kit. Keep floss, pain relievers, mini toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash. It also doesn’t hurt to keep this kit with you after the holidays as well.
By taking these simple holiday precautions above, you can greatly increase your oral health over the holidays. Not only will you be prepared, but you’ll have the guests wondering how you kept your smile so clean, bright and smelling great after eating those garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry sauces and delicious desserts that were calling your name.
For more tips on holiday healthy teeth, or schedule your checkup to make sure all is good after the holiday season, contact Philip Younts DDS today!