The holidays are a favorite time of year for many. From the extra family time, to gift giving and the generally cheerful times they bring. But the holidays can also be a time when we’re putting our teeth in danger. Here are some tips for surviving the holidays with your oral health intact.
Candies, Cookies & Foods Galore
Regardless of which holidays you celebrate, one thing that’s most common this time of year is gathering with family and friends for dinner and bonding. Celebrations usually include elaborate meals with traditional dishes and baked goods. Some foods we may only see once a year. That might be a reason to go for a second helping, but you’ll want to be cautious about the foods you’re eating- even if only one time a year. Practice eating sensible portions, staying away from treats and candy that are hard or sticky and could become stuck in the teeth and if you must eat it, always brush and floss when you are done. Letting the sugars sit stuck on your teeth until the next morning when you regularly brush is a sure way to bring on cavities.
Stay Hydrated, Drink Responsibly
The holidays are also a time when drinking to celebrate is also common. Be sure to drink responsibly but also remember that drinking plenty of water will keep you hydrated and even move some of the bacteria out of your mouth. Swishing water around in your mouth is also a great way to remove some of the pieces that may be stuck to your teeth and while not the optimal option, can assist at keeping cavities at bay. Water is the best option for a beverage if you have a choice since sodas are acidic and sugary and will contribute to oral issues. If you will be consuming alcoholic beverages, consider skipping the red wine since it is known to stain teeth.
Be Prepared for Dental Health
The best way to fight dental issues as you navigate the holidays is to be prepared. If you’ll be visiting with family and away from home, pack a toothbrush with you so you can excuse yourself after a meal and brush your teeth.
Good habits are one way keep tooth decay and other oral issues away. Scheduling regular dental visits will ensure dangerous plaque is cleaned from your teeth and cavities or gum disease aren’t present.
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