With the holiday season here, it’s not always easy to focus on your dental health. Sweets and treats seem to be everywhere you go! We, at Dr. Rick Dentistry, care about your smile, so we put together 5 ways you can keep your mouth healthy this holiday season.
#1 Maintain Your Routine
The holidays have a way of upsetting your schedule. It’s not surprising that many people begin to slip out of their healthy habits. We encourage you to maintain your oral care routine despite all the hustle bustle. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and floss and rinse daily. You could always listen to a favorite holiday song while brushing to make sure you brush for at least two minutes!
#2 Easy on the Sugar
With sweets and treats everywhere you turn, you’ll need to be wise, not only for your dental health but also for your overall health. There is no reason to indulge and eat all the sweet treats you come across. It’s okay to enjoy a favorite treat but be mindful about consuming sugar in moderation. The more sweets you eat, the more prone you are to excess plaque buildup, and the more at risk you are for cavities and gum disease.
# 3 Brush Your Teeth Often
Let’s be realistic, it’s hard to stay away from sweet treats altogether. So, the best way to protect your teeth from decay is by brushing more than you normally would. You may want to consider carrying a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste so that you can clean your teeth after you eat sweets. It’s always a good idea to use mouthwash too. By doing this, you will prevent sugar from sitting around wreaking havoc on your dental health.
#4 Protect Your Teeth
Make sure to avoid using your teeth as tools to prevent any injury or damage this holiday season. Need a nut cracked? Use a nutcracker, not your teeth. Need to open a gift? Don’t use your teeth to navigate through the decorative knots and ribbons. Use scissors instead and keep your teeth intact. Remember, your teeth were made for biting and chewing, not as tools, scissors, or bottle openers. Keep them healthy and avoid damage this holiday season!
#5 Don’t Forget the Dentist
While the holidays are a busy time filled with gatherings of friends and family, that doesn’t mean that you should forget about your teeth. If you are scheduled for a checkup or a professional cleaning, don’t wait until the holidays are over. If any dental problems arise during this time, make sure to call and schedule your appointment. You don’t want to wait until a minor problem progresses and becomes a major one. We encourage you to come in and get the dental care you need!
‘Tis the Season to Smile
We, at Dr. Rick Dentistry, would like to wish you a wonderful and happy holiday season. We would also like to encourage you to take the time to make sure your teeth are well cared for during all your holiday eating. If you feel you’ve consumed too much sugar, you may want to schedule an appointment so that we can make sure your teeth remain in tip-top shape. We are here to help keep your smile bright!