How To Care For Your Teeth During Holidays

Posted by Greenwell Springs Family Dentistry Dec 01, 2022

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One of the best parts of the holiday is the food! Unfortunately, not all of the food will be as great for your teeth and gums. If you plan to indulge this holiday season, make sure to keep up with your dental care routine of brushing and flossing. Also, try to eat as many healthy foods as possible to balance out the less-healthy foods.

  • Regular brushing and flossing can help prevent tooth decay, cavities, and other oral health issues. However, extra care is needed during holidays when schedules get busy, parties increase, and food consumption increases as well. So, brushing and flossing help keep your teeth clean and keep bacteria levels low. The more bacteria there are in your mouth, the more plaque will form, which leads to tooth decay.
  • Most healthy eating plans include vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. These foods are packed with vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay healthy and strong. Eating a healthy diet will help keep your entire body healthy and strong, which will also help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • You can also rinse your mouth out after eating treats with mouthwash or a saltwater mixture. This can help remove some of the excess sugar and acid from your mouth and decrease the risk of cavities.
  • Avoid consuming too many sugary or acidic drinks such as soda, orange, lemon, or other juices. These types of foods can cause damage to your enamel which can lead to cavities and tooth decay.
  • Consider limiting your alcohol intake this season. Too much alcohol can lead to dry mouth, which can increase your risk of tooth decay and other issues. If you have a habit of drinking eggnog or alcoholic beverages during the holidays, consider switching to apple cider instead to help reduce the consumption of sugar and calories from alcohol.
  • If you’re traveling for the holidays, pack a small container of toothpaste and a toothbrush so you can continue your regular cleaning routine while away from home. When you’re staying in a hotel, request a room that’s close to the bathroom, so you don’t have trouble accessing it throughout the day when you brush and floss.
  • Try to avoid snacking on hard candies that are chewy or sticky because they stick to your teeth and cause more damage. Hard candy can also be bad for your oral health because of its high sugar content. While it is okay to indulge every once in a while, try to avoid it as much as possible.

If you are interested in learning more about how to protect your teeth during the holidays, call our office at (225) 261-0043 to schedule an appointment today! We would be happy to get you on the schedule and help answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy smile this holiday season and beyond!

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