The holiday season is a time where we all like to indulge, however, doing so in moderation and maintaining good oral hygiene will help you avoid problems with your oral health.
Below are some valuable tips that will help prevent cavities and save your teeth from damage. By following these steps, you can maintain your oral health throughout the holiday season and into the new year.
Stick To A Routine
Brushing twice a day is the most essential thing you can do to maintain your oral health. Holiday celebrations can get hectic, but be sure that you make time to brush and floss. When you are tired after holiday celebrations, make sure not to neglect this, as it will help to protect you against tooth decay.
Carry A Cleaning Kit
The holidays generally mean parties and special occasions, although this year may be a little bit different than we are used to. If you are attending any family gatherings, bring a portable cleaning kit with you so that you are able to clean your teeth on the go. Include a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, which will be handy if you find yourself with something stuck in your teeth.
Drink Lots Of Water
Additional activities and obligations during the holiday season can make you more tired than usual. You may be tempted to use sports drinks or coffee for an energy boost, but water gives you the best health results. Drinking water between sugary or acidic beverages can rinse away sugars, acids, and freshly formed bacteria. What this means is that water will help you avoid decay and keep your breath a little fresher.
Eat Teeth Friendly Foods
You’ll likely eat plenty of treats over the holidays and that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with indulging on special occasions, but be sure to balance your intake. Eat plenty of crunchy fruits, vegetables and whole grains in between. These are nutritious snack options that won’t stick to your teeth as easily. These healthier snacks will also help clean and strengthen your teeth.
Watch Your Alcohol Intake
Alcohol choices such as eggnog, hot buttered rum, and mulled wine are some of the festive holiday choices offered during this time of year. Alcohol can dry out the mouth, which encourages bacterial growth. Make sure to have water in between alcoholic beverages to rehydrate the body and freshen your mouth.
Taking Care Of All Your Dental Needs
Enjoy your holiday season and follow the steps mentioned above to maintain great oral health at home. If you need a check-up before the holidays, contact us today to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!