10 Holiday Dental Tips

By following these 10 basic dental suggestions, you may still enjoy the holidays without jeopardizing your teeth and gums’ health.

1. Healthy Foods for Your Teeth

Holidays are a great time to catch up with friends, socialize, and eat.

Allow yourself to indulge in some luxury that won’t be repeated for another 12 months. But remember to balance it up with crisp fruits and veggies (carrots are a favorite), nutritious grains, and lots of water.

2. Don’t Eat These Dental No-Nos

Sticky, hard, chewy, gummy, or sweet foods aren’t good for your teeth or gums. This includes candy canes, soft mint chews, ice cubes, chestnuts, and other Christmas favorites.

It’s hard to say no to these annual delights. Seeing a candy cane (or any off-limits item) as a costly dental filling can serve as a useful deterrent while you search for a safer option.

3. Maintain Your Oral Health Routine

Set an intention to keep up with your daily oral health regimen. While twice-daily flossing, brushing, and gargling may not be the most exciting part of your holiday routine, they are a treat for your teeth and gums.

With a little more planning and effort now, you may have a healthy mouth in the New Year.

4. Book Your Post-Holiday Cleaning Now

If this isn’t your first holiday season, you’re probably aware of your workload. In spite of your best intentions, you may not always floss or brush or gargle or do any of the other things necessary to maintain your teeth and gums healthy.

The good news is that you may book your post-holiday cleaning and check-up now, so you can start the New Year with clean, bright, cavity-free teeth.

5. Drink Lots of Water

This is especially true around the holidays, when you are more active than ever and want to look and feel your best. For example, water keeps skin hydrated and clear.

Water can help with digestion and elimination. Dieting isn’t the only way to load up on water. Water can also clear away newly created bacteria, saving you a trip to the dentist and a hurting tooth.

6. Never Use Teeth To Open Presents

Teeth are helpful for eating and enunciating. But they make bad tools. Using your teeth to open bottles, packages, snack bags, and other items is not advised.

Your teeth’s enamel will be weakened, leading to cracking and breaking, and an expensive aesthetic repair work.

7. Cinnamon Gum

Cinnamon gum contains “cinnamon aldehyde.” But it does more than just wake up your salivary glands. It can help kill bacteria that cause cavities. This is a fantastic technique to prevent bacteria buildup between brushes.

Cinnamon can also help keep your breath fresher for longer, which is great if you can’t resist that garlicky dip!

8. Pick Light-Colored Or Clear Drinks

The last thing you want to do on New Year’s morning is wonder why your formerly white teeth suddenly look to be a pale-ish pink. Yes, red wine and the cranberry juice in those New Year’s Eve cosmopolitans are said to be cancer-fighting antioxidants.

Choose light-colored or clear beverages to keep your teeth white this holiday season. They will still be delectable, but will not harm your teeth.

9. Snack On Cheese When You Sip

Everyone enjoys a Christmas tipple of nog or bubbly. But acidic drinks are renowned for eroding your protecting tooth enamel.

Between sips, eat a cheese chunk to balance the acidity. The alkaline in the cheese neutralizes the acid in the liquid. Plus, they’re both delicious!

10. Party Teeth Cleaning Kits

One of the hands-down best compromises is to pack a little to-go teeth cleaning kit that you can take to parties with you. Not only will this make you rescue-ready if you end up with spinach dip wedged between your two front teeth, but it will help you remember to care for your teeth during this particularly busy time of year.

Call our Dentistry By RSE dental offices to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.

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