There are so many reasons to love the holiday season, snuggling up with the ones you love, spending time with family, enjoying delicious food, but what’s not enjoyable is tooth decay.
The holidays can sometimes mean our teeth and mouth are at risk of being neglected. But there are ways that you can enjoy the treats while keeping your mouth looking clean and healthy as well.
Here is how you can keep your mouth healthy during the holidays so you, and your smile, can end the year merry and bright.
Be vigilant about brushing
The end of the year holiday bustle is no time to slack when it comes to brushing your teeth, and it’s best to be as vigilant as ever.
In fact, it may even be a good time to start picking up your tooth-brushing game and brush your teeth more than you usually do.
It’s good to get into the habit of brushing your teeth after eating or drinking sugary foods and drinks, like after eating some apple pie or drinking some delicious egg-nog.
Staying hydrated is not only good for your body, but it’s actually really beneficial for your mouth and teeth as well.
Drinking plenty of water ensures that your mouth has plenty of salivae which helps to combat plaque buildup and prevent cavities and tooth decay. Water can also help to wash away plaque and acid buildup, which protects your teeth and gums.
Although it can be hard to resist, making smarter choices on what you choose to eat or drink during the holidays can mean healthier mouth and teeth.
Make sure to try to stay balanced and not over-indulge in the sweet or overly processed and salty foods.
Both your teeth and your body will thank you in the end, and you will find that the same old new year’s resolution of starting to be healthy will turn into just maintaining your healthy lifestyle instead.
Visit the dentist
Not only should you bring your dentist a holiday card for all that they do but also make an actual trip to the dentist for an appointment to check on your teeth and make sure everything is looking good.
Going to the dentist is a good idea because not only should you be going at the minimum once a year anyway, but regular dental visits help to prevent so many oral issues that might have gone unnoticed without the dentist’s keen eye.
And by the time you do actually notice something, it’s probably too late and the serious damage has been done.
Calcium is the key
Drinking milk and eating cheese and yogurt not only help you to have strong bones but strong teeth as well.
If you are looking to replace some of your holiday treats with options that will help your teeth, choose those that are high in calcium, such as those found in most dairy, but still make sure to brush your teeth and floss after eating them.