With all the festivities of the holiday season, it’s easy to get out of your normal routine. One of the things that can get pushed to the side is your oral health. Whether you’ve skipped the occasional brushing or have indulged in a bit too many sweets, your teeth still need the attention they get year-round during the holiday season!
Whether you have a lot going on or are having a more relaxed celebration this year, following these quick tips can help you keep your teeth and gums healthy this holiday season!
Incorporate Water Into Your Routine
Water plays an essential role in keeping your smile healthy. It not only helps prevent dry mouth, but it also minimizes the effect of acidic foods and drinks on your teeth, including sugar and alcohol.
Drinking water to stay hydrated as well as to rinse your mouth can help wash away leftover food, bacteria, and acids that can affect your smile . Always incorporate water into your daily routine to protect your teeth and gums and reduce plaque buildup!
Watch Out for Snacking
While snacks are, of course, fine, continually eating doesn’t give your teeth a break from the acids and bacteria that they are exposed to from food. It’s good to reserve snacking to certain intervals during the day and allow your oral bacteria to rebalance after consuming food or drinks that aren’t water.
Avoid constantly eating or sipping sugary drinks during the holidays to give your smile a break—and remember to wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth!
Carry Sugar-Free Gum With You
Did you know that research shows sugarless chewing gum can help prevent dry mouth, cavities, and even combat the effects of acid reflux on your smile ? Chewing sugar-free gum can help increase saliva production, which can essentially “rinse” your mouth to prevent acids from harming your tooth enamel.
Keeping sugar-free gum with you can help you avoid the effects of acid and bacteria on your teeth and protect your smile in-between brushing, or when you don’t readily have water or a toothbrush available!
Make Time for Yourself
Although it can feel easy to get caught up in the holiday rush, it’s important to stick to your oral care routine and brush and floss your teeth daily. Make time for yourself this holiday season, and don’t be so busy that you can’t neglect your oral health. Stress can be just as bad for your oral health as it is for your body !
Also, don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your dentist for a checkup. Whether you want brighter teeth for the New Year or just need a professional cleaning, your dentist is your partner in ensuring your teeth and gums stay healthy during the holidays and the entire year!
By making some healthy choices to take care of yourself this holiday, you can protect your teeth and gums even during this hectic time of year. Follow the above tips to ensure tooth decay and gum disease don’t have an opportunity to sabotage your smile this season!