Whether you’re decking the halls or already bracing yourself for a New Year's celebration, there’s no doubt that this is a busy time of year for most people. With festive activities and time spent with our friends and family, it’s easy for us to forget about our oral health. Like we mentioned in our last post, there are several steps you can take to safeguard your smile during these last few months of the year. More specifically there are a few do’s and dont's that are particularly useful during this last festive month. Want to keep your teeth bright and healthy this holiday season? Dr. Tall and his staff here at Sandcreek Dental have comprised a list of do’s and dont’s for their patients.
Keep Up With Your Routine: We understand that the holidays are a time that many have their typical routine switched up. Whether you’re taking a vacation from work or have some time off between semesters at school, your daily routine will most likely change a bit during this time of year. While this is an excellent time to relax and enjoy festive activities with your friends and family, it shouldn’t be a time that you put your oral health on the backburner. Make sure to still keep your teeth bright and clean by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once. If you have a hard time keeping up your oral hygiene routine during the holidays, set alarms or use sticky notes to remind you to properly clean your teeth.
Indulge in a Cheese board: Having guests over for a holiday party this month? We’re sure you’ll have an array of sweets to choose from, but also consider featuring a cheese platter at your next holiday gathering too. Cheese platters aren’t just delicious, they are also a tooth-friendly snack! Cheese is great for your teeth because it neutralizes the acidity of plaque, which is what causes cavities to form. Studies have also found that cheese can create a film that protects your teeth.
Enjoy Treats in Moderation: Gingerbread, peppermint bark, and candy canes are just a few of the common sweets you’ll see this holiday season. These festive treats are great to celebrate this jolly time of year, but unfortunately, most of these sweets can be damaging for your teeth as well. You don’t need to necessarily eliminate holiday treats altogether; Simply keep track of the amount you’re consuming and enjoy in moderation. It’s also helpful to plan out the time you want to enjoy your holiday treats. Eating them over a long period of time leaves your teeth vulnerable for longer durations of exposure to sugar. Instead, try enjoying your treats in one sitting and drink water once you’re finished to help wash away any lingering food particles that can cause tooth decay.
Overindulge in Holiday Sweets and Alcohol: We know that sweets can be damaging for our smile and we also know that alcohol can be harmful to our oral health too, so naturally mixing the two together can be a recipe for oral health disaster. Overindulging in alcoholic beverages dry out your mouth, which is damaging because saliva is a crucial tool for protecting your teeth against cavity-causing acids. If you add sugar-filled treats to that combination, you’re teeth are even more vulnerable to damage. If you happen to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail, make sure to steer clear of the sweets for the sake of your oral health.
Partake in Winter Sports Without a Mouthguard: With the colder weather comes plenty of opportunities to participate in fun winter sports. Snowboarding and ice skating are great ways to spend time with friends or family during this holiday season. However, this is also a time for many dental accidents to occur as well. Save your smile and consider using a mouthguard if you plan on partaking in any potentially dangerous winter activities.
Skip Out on Dental Checkups: Yes, we know that it may be a drag to go to the dentist’s office during the holidays, but it’s a vital part of maintaining your pearly whites. Putting off your appointment even just a few months can mean serious trouble for your smile. If there’s anything wrong with your oral health like tooth decay or enamel wear, it’s better to catch it early! Catching your teeth during the early stages of tooth decay can prevent more serious oral health problems like tooth loss and gum disease.
We wish all of our patients here in Idaho Falls a wonderful holiday season. Remember that oral health is always an important aspect of your overall health to keep in mind. We hope you’ve found these tips to be helpful in order to have a jolly holiday while maintaining a beautiful smile. If you happen to be dealing with oral health problems currently, don’t hesitate to call our office! We offer a number of services that can help maintain or improve your oral health. For more information, browse our site or give our office a call. And of course, we hope you have a great holiday!