When holiday lights and cute reindeer adorn the streets and shop windows, it seems sugary treats are available around every corner. With sweet goodies everywhere you look, what can you do to keep your teeth healthy? Here are some tips from Coastal Pediatric Dentistry on how to make the most of the holiday season while keeping your teeth in tiptop shape.
It’s difficult to stay on track during the holiday season. However, one of the best ways to prevent cavities is brushing twice a day and flossing. If you are going on vacation or traveling, it’s difficult to keep regular routines—but don’t let your oral care fall by the wayside.
Fun cocktails, mocktails, and chocolaty drinks are quintessential holiday fare. While it’s just fine to imbibe now and then, your teeth will thank you if you keep up on your water intake. When you drink sugary or acidic drinks with low pH, oral bacteria can shift and become harmful. Water is pH neutral and can help keep your mouth and teeth feeling great.
Give the gift of dental care
A great self-care gift is keeping your dental appointment. Don’t let the busyness of the holiday season keep you from seeing Coastal Pediatric Dentistry. If you have a dental appointment in December or January, do yourself a favor and make it a priority to keep it. Your mouth will thank you!
Smart stocking stuffers
Instead of stuffing stockings with chocolate and candy canes, think of alternatives that don’t include sugar. Small items like lip balm, gloves, or books are great alternatives to the sweets—and there are lots of fun toothbrushes with beloved characters for the kids!
Don’t use teeth as tools
There are many ways you can damage your teeth during the holidays. Take special care to keep your teeth in good shape by avoiding certain behaviors:
Don’t crack nuts with your teeth
Use scissors or a pocketknife to open packaging, toys, and games
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.