A week into December and the holiday season is certainly upon us. Behind us are Halloween candy and pumpkin spiced everything, but ahead of us are cookies, candies, and dancing sugar plum fairies. On top of all the sugary treats, everyone is so busy. Between shopping and parties and recitals, there is little time to stay on top of our normal routine. How do we keep our smiles and our family’s smiles healthy during the holiday season? How do we make sure the joy and traditions don’t take their toll on our teeth? Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Keep Your Oral Health Routine
It can be tempting to eat cookies and drink egg nog by the fire before heading off to bed. It is important to remember that a sleeping mouth is a haven for bacteria to thrive. The last thing that should touch your teeth or your children’s teeth before you go to sleep is a brush, floss, or water. Anything else can lead to tooth decay or gum disease. Make it a fun time to brush and floss by singing Christmas carols or counting down the days of Hanukkah. Whatever it is that will keep you on top of your routine during this busy time, be sure to do it. This goes for keeping your scheduled dentist appointments, too.
Be Mindful With Your Treats
There are healthy ways to start new traditions. Maybe you and your family can build holiday houses out of vegetables. Red and green bell peppers can be chopped into rectangles to make festive building blocks. Broccoli can make great shrubbery. There is no need to deprive yourself of the treats over the season, but try to balance it with healthier options. Your smile will thank you if you choose to keep so much destructive sugar away.
Water is a great way to stay hydrated, and it is also a great way to keep your mouth clear of bacteria. Water can rinse away left behind food and drink particles before you get a chance to brush or floss. Water also helps to induce saliva, which is your body’s way of rinsing bacteria out of your mouth.
It is possible to keep a healthy smile during the holidays
Ask Dr. Jing for more tips on keeping your smile healthy. To schedule a consultation with 7 Day Dental, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.