The holidays always bring a surplus of treats, but you want your smile to stay bright and healthy for the family holiday photos. The holidays don’t have to be hazardous to your smile! Here are a few tips for keeping your smile healthy over the holidays this year.
Choose Smart Snacking Habits
Holiday snacks can create problems for your teeth. Refrain from cracking nuts with your teeth, which can cause damage to the structure and even severe cracks. Use a nutcracker or choose a different snack. Try to avoid sticky treats, such as caramel. These sugary substances will stick to your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay and can also pull out fillings.
Don’t Over-Do the Sweets
The good news is that you don’t have to completely abstain from treats this holiday season. If you moderate your sweets consumption and brush your teeth afterward, your smile will stay healthy through the holidays.
Drink Adequate Amounts of Water
The holidays tend to bring a surplus of soda and other sugary beverages. Drinking water instead will always be the superior choice. Drinking adequate amounts of water will allow you to flush food particles and bacteria out of your mouth. Many places add fluoride to their water supply, which can further strengthen your smile.
Maintain your Routine
Your daily routine will likely be subject to disruption over the holidays. Whether you attend holiday parties or have to spend extra time shopping, you must ensure that disruptions in your schedule don’t become disruptions to your dental hygiene. No matter how busy you become, it is necessary to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once. It may be helpful to bring a miniature toothbrush and tube of toothpaste with you.
Don’t let oral health problems interrupt your holiday cheer. Avoid causing damage to your teeth and ensure that you follow your regular oral hygiene procedures. For more information about keeping your teeth healthy over the holidays, contact us at Mills River Family Dental today!