Healthy Teeth Tips for the Holidays
The holiday season is upon us, and that means plenty of merriment and an abundance of sweet treats and sparkly drinks. While it’s important to relax, have fun, and soak in the quality time spent with friends and family at this time of year, it’s also smart not to neglect the health of your teeth and gums. Consider the following tips to make sure all of you enjoys celebrating the spirit of the season.
5 Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Healthy Over the Holidays
1. White Is Better Than Red
While both white and red wine contain sugars and acids that can be tough on your tooth enamel, white wine won’t stain your teeth the way red wine can. If you’re concerned about keeping your smile bright, then we recommend sticking to lighter colored beverages in general.
2. Indulge in the Cheese Tray
To combat the enamel-eating acids inside your holiday beverages, feel free to snack on the requisite cheese tray. Cheese is alkaline which helps neutralize the acid in your drinks. Plus, it contains enzymes that can help protect your teeth.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
Staying properly hydrated is good for your body and also helps promote adequate saliva production. This will help wash sugar and acid away from the surface of your teeth and remineralize the enamel.
4. Try to Limit the Sweets
We know it just doesn’t seem like the holidays without a little pie, a few cookies, and some holiday candy, but all of the extra sugar can wreak havoc on your waistline and on your teeth and gums.
Limit your total intake and avoid hard candies, like candy canes, that not only put your teeth at risk of chipping but that also keep the sugar level inside your mouth higher for longer.
5. Don't Neglect Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Whether you’re busier than ever or trying to relax during the holidays, continue brushing and flossing twice a day.
Schedule a Post-Party Dental Checkup With Our Kenmore Dentist
One of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums in good shape following the deluge of sugar and treats consumed during the festive season is to schedule a professional dental cleaning and checkup at Kenmore Smiles Family Dentistry.
A thorough professional cleaning will keep your teeth and gums healthy while an exam will ensure any new signs of tooth decay are caught and treated early.
To learn more or schedule your post-holiday checkup, we welcome you to contact us today.