The holidays aren’t the most wonderful time of the year for your oral health.
Consuming lots of sticky sweets and sugary desserts can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums — but only if you let it.
Below are seven ways you can maintain optimum dental health throughout the holiday season.
Limit Sticky, Sweet Foods
Some foods are much worse for your teeth than others. For example, popcorn may be good for your waistline, but it’s problematic for your teeth, since kernels get stuck in them. Caramel may taste delicious, but the sugary, sticky coating it leaves behind is difficult to remove.
Try to limit your consumption of any sticky, sweet foods that are notorious for endangering tooth enamel. Choose desserts that are more easily broken down. For example, instead of hard candy, eat chocolate that dissolves easily.
Maintain a Balanced Diet
Don’t use the holidays as an excuse to make poor food choices. Try to eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible, and stay on a regular meal schedule. Your oral health is closely tied to your whole-body health. Make sure you’re getting the vitamins and nutrients your body needs.
Don’t Graze Throughout the Day
If you’re going to eat sweets, eat them right after your meal, then clean your teeth. Don’t graze on sticky, sweet foods throughout the day, because that prolongs your teeth’s exposure to bacteria and acids.
Don’t Use Your Teeth to Crack Nuts
Eating walnuts and pistachios may be part of holiday traditions, but beware of using your teeth as a nutcracker. You can easily chip or crack a tooth, and you don’t want the discomfort and inconvenience of having to schedule a tooth restoration over the holidays.
Keep Up with Brushing and Flossing
Even though the holidays are filled with excitement, make sure you continue to set aside time in your day for your oral health routine. Brush and floss regularly. At the very least, if you don’t have time to brush after a meal, rinse your mouth with water to clean your teeth and gums as best you can.
Pack Your Oral Health Supplies
Traveling over the holidays? Make oral health a priority, and pack a travel-sized toothbrush, floss and mouthwash. Put it in your car or suitcase to keep it handy.
Schedule a Dental Visit
When was the last time you visited the dentist? Even though the holidays are a busy time, take this opportunity to schedule a checkup. You can depend on Oak Hills Dentistry to fit in a cleaning and exam as soon as possible, even through the holiday season, because every member of our team cares about your oral health.