Tis the season for giving, and eating for that matter.. If you’re like the rest of us, your teeth get absolutely inundated with sweet treats from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Not only does this time of year generally lead to the gaining of 10 pounds by most of us, but our teeth suffer from a constant barrage of eating (usually not the healthiest of foods) for about a month strait! Unlike the extra 10 pounds that you gained, this damage can’t be reversed.. So what can we do to help combat this damage from happening during the holiday season?
- Snack in Intervals – It’s not just the sweets themselves that are bad for your teeth, but it’s more so the constant snacking on them that is. Try to avoid continuous grazing and instead try to eat or snack at separate time frames, while brushing your teeth in between so that the sugar won’t marinate on your teeth all day.
- Don’t use Your Teeth as a Tool – One of the best ways to find yourself at the emergency dentist during the holidays is to use your teeth as a tool to open things such as nuts or bottles. So instead of risking a cracked tooth this Christmas, use a bottle opener or nut cracker instead.
- Don’t Fall Out of Your Good Dental Habits – We fall out of so many good habits during the holiday season. Whether it’s our diet, our workout routine, or our dental health habits. In the craziness that can be the holiday season, sometimes habits are hard to keep up. However, regardless it’s very important to fight hard to keep as many good habits going as possible. So if you’re going to be running around all day or our of town for the holidays, be sure to pack a quality travel size toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and mouth rinse to take with you! Remember, by just keeping your good habits from last year you will already be a step ahead going into next..
- Drink Plenty of Water – Did you know that drinking lots of water can be one of the best things that you can do for your teeth? Now this doesn’t replace brushing after a meal. But if you find yourself at a place that you can’t brush, then swish some water around in your mouth instead. As simple as this sounds, it will do wonders compared to not doing so and just letting that food residue set in on your teeth for hours upon hours.
Take these holiday teeth saving tips to heart and have your self a wonderful very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays this year!