The holidays are fast approaching, and with them come delicious treats and drinks that you look forward to all year long. From cakes and chocolates to champagne and wine, our taste buds are rejoicing in anticipation of the holidays. However, we must remember that our teeth are exposed to very high levels of sugar and acid at this time of year, making it the perfect storm for oral hygiene issues. So how can you take good care of your teeth during the holidays?
Don’t Use Your Teeth as a Tool
‘Tis the season for opening packages. When it is time to open bottles, presents, boxes, and gifts, reach for a pair of scissors rather than using your teeth. Your teeth were not meant for the harsh impact of opening things. When you use your teeth as a tool, you weaken the enamel and more fragile edges of your teeth, leading to cracking and breaking.
Stick to a Routine
The holidays can throw off our schedule between family gatherings, work parties, and days off school. But, even when you are up late, or sleeping in, brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. You can even carry a toothbrush and floss if you are traveling or away from home to keep you on track.
Choose Your Treats Wisely
You don’t have to skip out on tried-and-true delicacies that you wait for all year long but be aware of which foods are best for your teeth. Sugary, sticky, hard, and chewy foods like candy canes and some nuts are very hard on your teeth. Instead, reach for crunchy fruits and vegetables and whole grain foods.
The same is true when choosing your cocktails. For example, red wine might be a favorite, but beware of what it does to your tooth enamel. Similarly, other adult beverages such as egg nog or bubbly can have high amounts of acid, which wear at the tooth enamel.
Drink Plenty of Water
There is no denying that drinking plenty of water is key to keeping yourself healthy all year long. Staying hydrated is especially important when you want to look and feel your best around the holidays. Water will keep your breath fresh and aid in digestion and elimination. Additionally, drinking water after a meal can help wash away bacteria on your teeth.
Schedule Routine Cleanings
Staying on top of your regular dental visits and cleanings will help to avoid any issues year-round. Your dentist can see and reach places that might be difficult for you to reach and remedy any problems before they worsen.
If you are due for a cleaning and exam, contact Value Dental Care. Our trained staff is always ready to help you with your oral care needs. We offer high-quality care at affordable prices. Email or call us today to schedule an appointment at our Spring Hill (352-684-1274) or Crystal River (352-794-6139) locations.