The holidays are here and for many people in the Wesley Chapel area this is the most wonderful time of the year! Regardless if you are the type of person who is decking the halls of your home the day after Halloween or you are more of a Grinch about the upcoming season, there will always be eats, sweets, and drinks that we don’t normally enjoy available throughout this season of merriment. To keep our teeth healthy, it is more important than ever that we are intentional about giving our pearly whites the care they need.
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Top 10 Dental Tips For The Holiday Season
Halloween is just the beginning of a season full of delicious eats and sweets followed by Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. It is enjoyable to indulge in seasonal treats but if we don’t take care of our oral health during this time of year, our teeth could be significantly less healthy once the new year rolls around. Here are some easy ways to keep your teeth healthy this season.
Keep Up Your Oral Care Routine
It’s easy with parties and other out-of-the-ordinary events to forego daily oral care but do your best to keep brushing and flossing twice a day. Brushing and flossing will help to keep your teeth healthy and remove sugars, acids, and other destructive elements that are prevalent in holiday treats and drinks.
Pack a To-Go Oral Care Pack
One of the best ways to keep up with your oral care when you’re not in your normal routine is to pack a to-go teeth cleaning kit. Slip this kit into your purse or overnight bag when you’re going to holiday parties. It can even serve as a rescue when you get some food stuck in your teeth. We suggest including a travel toothbrush, toothpaste, floss or flossers, and mouthwash.
Drink Plenty of Water
During the holiday season it is easy to drink everything but water. However, keeping up with your water intake will not only help to keep your body healthy and help you avoid hangovers but water can also help your teeth! Though water should never take the place of oral care, it can help to wash away harmful substances that would otherwise sit on your teeth. Start the day off with a glass of water and when you’re out making merry be sure to drink water between cups of hot cocoa, wine, and other holiday drinks.
Choose Light-Colored Drinks
Many of us love red wine and other red beverages but unfortunately wine, cranberry juice, and other similar drinks can wreak havoc on whitened teeth, turning them a pale pink color. We suggest choosing light-colored or clear beverages to protect your pearly whites. However, if you must drink red wine, be sure to drink plenty of water and keep up with your oral care to prevent staining.
Eat Some Cheese
Yes, you read that right! Many of our favorite adult beverages are naturally very acidic. Acid can eat away at our enamel. Cheese is alkaline and will naturally neutralize the acid of wine and other acidic beverages. So, when you’re enjoying a glass of vino don’t be afraid to nibble on some cheese — plus they taste wonderful together.
Be Sure to Eat Teeth-Healthy Foods
During this time of year, it can be hard to eat a balanced diet. However, eating healthy can also benefit your teeth. Crunchy fruits and veggies, whole grains, and other nutrient-rich food can help support the health of your teeth and your entire body. Between indulging in sweets and other holiday treats, be sure to eat plenty of food that will nourish your body.
Avoid Foods That Are Dental No-Nos
Though we don’t think you should have to avoid all treats of the holiday season, avoiding some can be helpful for your dental health. Candy canes, soft mint chews, ice cubes, chestnuts, and many other sticky, chewy, or hard candies and foods can be hard on your teeth. If you need a reason to indulge less, here it is!
Chew Cinnamon Gum
Chewing gum may seem counterintuitive. However, cinnamon gum may actually help your teeth — and your breath! Cinnamon gum contains “cinnamaldehyde” an ingredient that destroys cavity-causing bacteria. So slip a pack into your purse or pocket and chew a piece or two throughout the day or night.
Use Scissors — Not Your Teeth
It’s easy to want to rip through a tough gift-wrap ribbon or to pry open containers with our teeth because it’s easy and our teeth are very strong. But doing so isn’t the best for our teeth and can cause cracking, breakage, and other issues that require expensive cosmetic repair. Using teeth to open things may have worked for the caveman but we doubt they had great dental health. Skip unnecessary dental bills and opt for scissors, a bottle opener, or other tools.
Keep Up With Dental Cleanings
Another way to make sure your teeth stay healthy is to keep up with your dental cleanings. We suggest scheduling a cleaning once or twice a year to make sure your oral health is at its best. You could even schedule a post-holiday cleaning with your dentist in Wesley Chapel to make sure all the gunk of the holidays is removed from your teeth.
We at Mystic Oaks Family and Cosmetic Dentistry hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and stay healthy and safe. Make sure your annual appointment is scheduled and if something should arise, we offer emergency dental care. Visit our website to learn more.