The excitement of the holiday season is already in the air. Jack Frost may be nipping at your nose and holiday plans are nearly here. But with all the joy and merriment, remember to protect your teeth.
Frequent snacking and parties can expose your teeth to sugar and cavity-causing bacteria, while traveling and overnight stays can disrupt regular oral care regimens. This may be the holiday season, but don’t take a break from your proper hygiene routine.
When visiting family or friends, don’t forget to pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Sometimes a big dinner can turn into an overnight stay and you don’t want to be without your hygiene products.
If you don’t have any oral care supplies, rinse your mouth with fluorinated tap water. Washing away the food remnants will help protect your teeth until you have a chance to brush and floss them at home.
During the many holiday parties, try to avoid overindulging on sweet cocktails and sugary foods. Not only can excessive sugar lead to weight gain (and other unhealthy effects), it can also result in tooth decay. When it comes to sweets, moderation is key, but also be prepared to indulge in healthier options, such as fruit and sugar-free desserts.
We want you to enjoy your holiday season and to maintain your oral care. If you need some dental treatments, don’t put them off until the new year. Current issues can get worse during that time, leading to more extensive (and expensive) procedures. Let the holiday season be a time of fun, family, and a happy and healthy new year.