Dental Tips For A Healthy Holiday Smile [BLOG]
As fun as the holidays are, they’re also filled with temptations.
The temptation to overspend on gifts, to overbook your family’s schedule, and to overeat!
But hey, isn’t that part of the fun?
Your friends at Just Smiles are here for you! We want to help you have a nice relaxing season, free from any dental problems that would make you feel insecure about your smile or cause pain or difficulty when you sit down to enjoy your favorite holiday meals!
3 Dental Tips To Keep Your Holiday Smile Bright!
We’re giving you three of our best dental tips for getting through the holidays without wrecking your healthy smile:
*Indulge Your Sweet Tooth, But Only In Moderation*
Did you think we were going to tell you to skip the eggnog or the chocolate-chip cookies?
We wouldn’t dream of it!
But we also wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t encourage you to indulge your sweet tooth in moderation so you don’t come away from the holidays with tooth decay and cavities!
Sugar is the favorite power source of harmful bacteria, and the more you feed that beast, the higher your risk will be for dental problems.
Save the sweets for an after-dinner treat only, and be sure to maintain a well-balanced, healthy diet throughout the season.
*Don’t Let Dark Foods & Drinks Stain Your Teeth*
Rule number one every day of the year is to drink lots of water. Hydration is essential to your dental health because saliva contains bacteria-fighting agents that clean your mouth of food particles and debris. It also coats your teeth so dark colors in your holiday wines, coffee, fruit salad, hot cocoa, and cranberry sauce can’t stick as easily to your tooth enamel.
You can also rinse your mouth out with water after meals and sweets. This is a great way to keep your teeth clean between your normal brushing.
*Fill Your Plate With Nutrient-Rich Foods*
What most of us find on the dinner table at Thanksgiving and Christmas parties are carb-heavy comfort foods like creamy casseroles and hot, buttery rolls.
But somewhere in the mix, you should also find nutrient-rich foods filled with vitamins and minerals your teeth need to stay strong and healthy.
So make sure you’re balancing out your intake with dark, leafy greens, sweet potatoes, hard cheeses, and lean protein. These probably already make up the bulk of your holiday dishes, but it’s not a bad idea to be aware of what you’re consuming and to make sure you’re giving your teeth enough of the nutrients they need along with all the gravy, stuffing, mac and cheese, and pumpkin pie!
Schedule An Appointment!
The holidays can be stressful, but the last thing your friends at Just Smiles want is for any of that stress to come from a painful dental problem or an embarrassing smile. That’s why we want to do all we can between your routine cleanings and exams to give you the resources to keep your smile bright, healthy, and beautiful.
We hope you found our holiday dental tips helpful, and we invite you to visit us soon so we can provide the treatment you need to improve your oral health, function, and confidence!