The holiday festivities are in full swing in my household. Last night we finally delivered my kids from torture and put up the tree and decorations. I’ve been sipping on eggnog and having holiday-themed cookies. The Pandora station in my operatory has been playing nonstop jingle bells. It’s officially Christmas season because I heard the Temptations’ Silent Night. IYKYK! With the joy and cheer surrounding us, it’s easy to get lenient on our oral care regimen. Here are a few dental tips to protect you and your family’s teeth this holiday season.
1. Steer away from the sticky goodies.
Sticky sweet foods can get lodged into the crevices in your teeth. Removing these foods can be difficult. This can result in a disastrous recipe for cavities.
2. Invest in a bottle opener.
Increased participation in holiday libations is normal; however, using your teeth to pop bottles is not a good look. By doing this, you run the risk of chipping or breaking your teeth. Trust me no one wants to seek emergency dental care during the holiday season.
3. Chill on the munching.
Everyone is guilty of grazing during festive times. Constantly coating your teeth with acidic and sugary food is the easiest way to get cavities. If you are snacking, limit it to one sitting and foods that aren’t loaded with carbs.
4. Say yes to cheese!
Cheese neutralizes the acidic food and drinks you consume. So, make sure you’re swinging by the cheese platter to grab a bite or two.
5. Don’t skip your regular dental routine.
With the late-night parties coupled with drinking, you can become lazy and want to skip out on your oral hygiene practice. Now is the time to be extra diligent with your dental hygiene routine. Regular brushing and flossing will go a long way during the holiday season.
Go forth and be merry and experience the joy of the holiday season. Don’t forget these Holiday tooth tips!