The holidays are finally here, and for many of us, that means traveling and spending time with loved ones. It also means eating lots (and lots) of sugary, delicious foods.
The holidays wouldn’t be the same without the traditional treats and drinks (hot chocolate, anyone?) but it’s important to take care of your teeth while you’re indulging.
Check out these easy tips for maintaining tooth health while enjoying a slice of pie or two this holiday season.
Brush And Floss More
If you’re traveling, it can be difficult to get into a toothbrushing and flossing routine. However, brushing and flossing are the best way to keep your teeth healthy during the holidays.
If you’ve eaten a sugary meal or indulged in a few Christmas cookies, it’s important to brush carefully afterwards. Sugar left on the teeth can create an acidic environment that increases the amount of harmful bacteria in your mouth. This bacteria can cause a host of problems, from bad breath to tooth decay.
It’s also important to floss. Many holiday foods are sticky and viscous, sinking into every crevice between your teeth. Flossing will help remove the sugar and food that’s trapped between your pearly whites.
Drink More Water
If you do indulge in sugary treats like pecan pie or oily foods like gravy this season, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.
Not only will water help you feel fuller faster and aid in digestion, it also helps wash some of the sugars and oils off your teeth as you eat.
This can reduce the amount of harmful bacteria produced in your mouth after a sugary dessert. Less bacteria lowers the likelihood of bad breath and can decrease the risk of tooth decay.
Don’t Skip Your Dentist Appointment
For most people, the holidays are a super busy time, full of shopping, traveling and visiting with loved ones.
If you’re particularly busy, it can be tempting to cancel all your appointments to free up more time. Your dentist appointment is one appointment you should definitely keep.
If you’re due for a tooth cleaning, you don’t want to skip it–especially during the holidays when you might be eating more sugar and drinking more alcoholic beverages.
A thorough tooth-cleaning and oral examination will help you get on top of any tooth problems before they get worse.
Gateway Family Dentistry is one of Murfreesboro’s leading dental care providers, offering everything from dental cleanings to dental implants. Want to schedule a dental cleaning or examination with us? Contact us today to learn more or speak to an appointment specialist!