Trying to stay cavity-free during the holidays isn’t always easy. Considered to be one of the most sugar-filled times of the year, all the delectable treats can make it hard to say “no.” While you may be telling yourself that the diet starts after the new year, you shouldn’t wait to take care of your oral health until then. If you want to keep your dentist happy and spend more of your time with family and friends and not in the dentist’s chair, here are 4 things you can do to keep your smile happy and healthy throughout the holidays.
Limit Your Sugar
Cakes, cookies, candies, and cocoa – the 4 C’s that often inundate every home this time of year. With winter in full swing and the smell of home-baked treats filling every mother and grandmother’s kitchens, saying “no” to sugar can seem impossible. While your dentist doesn’t expect you to throw in the towel on all the goodies you enjoy, you should be mindful of how much you’re consuming. Eating a slice of pie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…and dessert isn’t a good way to keep decay away. Instead, hold off on enjoying your favorite slice of sugary sweetness until you know you can easily brush or rinse your mouth afterward. This will keep the sugar from sitting on your teeth too long and prevent bacteria from burrowing into your tooth enamel and creating cavities.
Drink More Water, Less Soda
Soda is filled with tons of sugar, and if you like to doctor up your coffee or tea with some added sweetener, your teeth will be feeling the pain after a while. Instead of reaching for the two-gallon soda bottle, opt for a nice, tall glass of ice water. This will not only encourage healthy saliva production to wash out any left behind food particles and harmful bacteria, but it will help to keep you hydrated as well.
Keep Up with Your Routine
Brushing, flossing, and rinsing should continue to serve as staple routines in the morning and at night. It’s not easy keeping this type of regime when so many activities are pulling you away from the normal day-to-day, but during the holidays, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of your oral health. It only takes a few minutes to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, floss, and rinse. Before you know it, you’ll be back to playing games with friends or sleeping soundly in your own comfy bed.
See Your Dentist Before You Leave Town
Going out of town for the holidays? Set yourself up for success by scheduling a regular dental checkup and cleaning before you leave! Your dentist will be happy to provide a thorough exam to ensure there are no current problems existing in your mouth as well as remove any harmful tartar and plaque buildup around your teeth and gums.
Following these simple steps will keep you on the straight and narrow this holiday season. Don’t let the many distractions of sugar, late nights, and yummy temptations keep you from enjoying a healthy smile.
About the Practice
The team at Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics wants you to enjoy the holidays, but they also want to remind you to keep your oral health in check during one of the most sweet-filled times of the year. Our team of seven dental professionals can help by offering useful tips and tricks as well as providing regular dental checkups and cleanings to put you on a path to a healthier, more beautiful smile in the new year. Contact us at (972) 248-9119 and find out what you can do to improve and maintain your smile.