It’s the silly season! It’s time for relaxing, partying and letting your hair down. It’s also time for decadent sweets and scrumptious desserts, but before we get carried away and wreak havoc on or teeth we also want to help you keep your smile looking as beautiful as ever. In this we show you some easy ways to keep your teeth healthy this holiday season. Here are some of our holiday tips for healthy teeth:
- STICK TO YOUR DAILY ORAL HYGIENE ROUTINE
The Holidays can make your schedule crazy, but brushing and flossing your teeth at least two times a day is a must. This is even more crucial if you plan on indulging in some of the wonderful Holiday treats. A simple brushing to remove sugar from your teeth (with or without toothpaste) will go a long way.
Extra Tip: Always keep a toothbrush and floss in your car or purse. That way you can clean your pearly whites while you are out and about enjoying the Holiday season.
- WATCH THE WINE
If you like a nice red, be mindful of how this can stain your teeth. White wine is less of a risk to your white smile. If you do drink red, do so with food to mitigate how much of it gets on your teeth. Be sure to brush well if you do indulge in reds.
- AVOID EXCESS SUGAR
We know sugar can’t be avoided completely. But we encourage you to be mindful of how much you are consuming. Your teeth and your waistline will thank you! When you do enjoy a sweet treat, try to eat it with meals or shortly afterwards. Saliva production is highest at this time, which helps neutralize acid and rinse away food particles.
- DON’T USE YOUR TEETH AS A TOOL
The holidays come with packages to open, tape to apply to presents and loads of other things you may be tempted to break open or cut with your teeth. Don’t do it! Using your teeth as a tool can cause chips and breaks.
- DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND EAT HEALTHY FOODS
Drinking water helps us stay hydrated in the summer heat. Water is great for your oral hygiene too, as it will help flush out the sugars, food bits and acids from our mouth. While sugar and sweets are tempting, whenever possible, choose more tooth-friendly food options, such as cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating cheese with your alcoholic drinks can also help to neutralise any wine acids. Your teeth will thank you for it!
- SAY NO TO CHEWY AND HARD CANDY
The holidays are often full of treats that can be damaging to your teeth. Sticky substances cling to tooth enamel and encourage tooth decay, and thick candies like caramel and taffy can even pull out fillings. Eat these sweets sparingly—if you must indulge, be sure to eat them with other foods to help keep the treats from sticking to your teeth.
Crunching on ice or hard candy can lead to cracked or chipped teeth, which are painful and expensive to fix. If you’re enjoying hard candy or tempted by the ice in your holiday cocktail, let them dissolve naturally, rather than chewing them. The best option is to avoid these items altogether as ice can also cause discomfort for sensitive teeth, and hard candies contribute to tooth decay.
We hope these holiday tips for healthy teeth will serve as a helpful reminder to be mindful of your dental health.
From Mooroolbark Family Dental we wish you a safe, happy and healthy Christmas and we can’t wait to see your bright smile in the New Year!