‘Tis the season to be jolly, and an excellent time to show off that brilliant smile. But with so many holiday treats begging for consumption, will you be able to maintain those pearly whites? The last thing you want for Christmas is to start down a path of a dental disaster. We’ve put together this guide to help you care for your teeth during this time of celebration and enter the new year with no fear of cavities –or something worse.
Get Your Teeth Cleaned First
No doubt the holidays will be busy, but don’t ignore your dental hygiene. If you’re planning to go out and shop for presents, schedule an appointment to get your teeth cleaned first. Then, you can spend the rest of the day finding that perfect gift for that someone special.
Drink Plenty of Water; Coffee—Not So Much
Nothing helps get us through a busy holiday schedule than a cup of coffee. However, many of us find we’re drinking more than we should. You may also be reaching for more sodas, energy drinks and other sugary beverages during the holiday bustle, but try to cut out caffeine and sugar and drink pure water instead.
Limit Sweets to After Mealtime
Candy and baked goods are everywhere during the holidays, laid out in bowls in houses, offices, and retail shops. We’re not saying you have to deny yourself these treats, but take heed of when you indulge and how much. The best time to eat sweets is after a meal, when your saliva count is up. This practice helps cancel acid-producing bacteria that can harm tooth enamel and leave your teeth unprotected.
Don’t Forget Your Dental Hygiene Routine
When we get busy doing things out of our regular routine, like holiday shopping and an abundance of parties and get-togethers, we may cancel some routine activities. When you alter your busy schedule to make room for holiday cheer, ensure you still stick to your dental hygiene routine. That includes flossing and brushing your teeth at least twice a day.
Need More Help?
Would you like more information on maintaining beautiful, white teeth? If so, the staff at Hill Country Oral Surgery is here to help. If you need a cleaning, or perhaps some work done before the holidays, give us a call, and we’ll fit you in. Or if you have any questions about our practice, we’re only a phone call away.