December 23, 2022
The holidays are here, which means brightly colored decorations and plenty of sweet treats. As you gather with friends and loved ones to celebrate during the season, you could be placing your smile at risk of preventable issues. The holidays can be a bad time for your dental health, but you can avoid unexpected news the next time you visit your dentist by keeping 5 smile-friendly tips in mind.
1. Don’t Forget to Brush and Floss
Cavities and gum disease are preventable, but they are the leading causes of tooth loss. Your risk of both can increase over the next few weeks for many reasons, like increased snacking or forgetting to brush before heading to bed.
You can safeguard your smile from tooth decay and infections by committing to brushing your teeth at least twice daily, if not after every meal. Floss between each tooth at least once per day. If you’ll be traveling or away from home often, create an oral hygiene kit with travel-sized products to make it easy to keep your mouth clean while on the go.
2. Watch What You Eat and Drink
Candy canes, cranberry sauce, and red wine are staples of the holidays, but they can leave a lasting mark on your smile. Sugary foods and drinks feed cavity-causing bacteria, while those that are darkly colored can stain your enamel.
It’s best to watch what you eat and drink to protect against stains and discoloration. If you can’t resist a couple of cookies or a glass of red wine with dinner, rinse your mouth with water after you’ve finished to wash away any residue.
3. Drink More Water
Healthcare professionals recommend drinking at least eight 8-oz glasses of water daily to stay hydrated. H20 will keep your mouth moist to neutralize harmful bacteria that can lead to decay, infections, and odors. Drinking water with your meal is a great way to keep your mouth clean and your body hydrated.
4. Chew Sugarless Gum
Chewing a piece of sugarless gum can help keep your teeth and gums clean when you can’t get to your toothbrush. It encourages saliva production to reduce the risk of cavity-causing bacteria lingering in your mouth.
5. Visit Your Dentist
The holiday season is a busy time of the year, but don’t forget to see your dentist for your semi-annual cleaning and checkup. Your dental hygienist will remove any buildup left behind by your toothbrush and floss. Your dentist will examine your mouth to look for any issues that may interrupt your holiday plans, like a cavity.
Give your teeth and gums the attention they deserve over the next few weeks to start the new year with a healthy, beautiful smile.
About Dr. David Earnest
Dr. Earnest earned his dental degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center and has continued his education regularly to provide up-to-date services. He is a member of many professional organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry. If it’s time for your next cleaning and checkup, contact our office through our website or call (830) 302-3304 to schedule an appointment.
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