We all know the holidays can be a busy time of year filled with an abundance of expected and unexpected gatherings, usually consisting of more then enough delicious treats.
Occasionally we forget how this overconsumption of delicious food/drink can impact out oral health. Here are 5 tips to help keep your teeth happy during this festive time of year:
Stick to the veggie/fruit platter. There is always a tray of hors d’oeuvres at every Christmas table not to mention the plate full of baked treats. The added sugar and sticky carbs can contribute to an increased risk of cavities. If you are hosting, make a platter of veggies and dip or fruit and yogurt dip for your guests or even bring one to a gathering you have been invited to.
Drink more water. The holidays is also a time we tend to consume more wine and mixed drinks. Although fine in moderation, wine and that fruity Christmas cocktail can be very acidic and contains quite a bit of sugar which can effect your enamel and stain your teeth. Be sure to limit the amount you are drinking and try to reach for the water to wash everything down with.
Brush and floss at least twice a day. With all the extra food and drink during the holidays, it is important to make sure we are cleaning our teeth by brushing and flossing at least twice a day for 2 minutes at a time. By leaving food debris on our teeth, this can contribute to dental decay.
Choose alternative stocking stuffers. It’s easy to stuff our child’s stocking full of the little things like candy or chocolates but how about choosing items that won’t cause potential cavities like small toys, crayons, stickers or a toothbrush.
Visit the dentist. If you are due for your hygiene visit in December, make sure you make the time to book an appointment. The holidays is a hectic time of year but that’s no reason to put off your hygiene visit.