How To Keep Your Teeth Healthy For The Holidays
It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is over and the holiday season is upon us. This is a busy season for many that is full of events with the family and holiday parties and get-togethers. One aspect of the holidays that most people love is the treats that are only available during this time of year. While special treats are nostalgic and enjoyable, it is important not to overindulge. Overdoing the food and sweet treats during this time of year can wreak havoc on your teeth in the new year. Read on to learn some helpful tips to keep your teeth healthy during the holiday season.
Make Healthy Choices this Holiday
It may be difficult, but it is important to make wise choices during the holiday season. Unfortunately, your teeth don’t realize it is a special time of year and are still prone to developing decay. Be sure to keep these tips in mind this holiday season.
Plan Your Meals and Treats
It can be easy to get excited and want to overindulge in the delicious treats and sweets that are available during the holiday season. It can also be tempting to sample all of the food selections. The problem with this is that frequent eating increases bacteria in your mouth. Doing this on occasion is not harmful, but the more holiday events you attend, the likelier it can lead to problems with decay.
Limit Alcohol and Sugary Drinks
The holidays are known for specialty cocktails and drinks with plenty of bubbles. While they might be delicious, be sure to enjoy them in moderation, as too much alcohol can lead to dry mouth, and the extra sugar is not good for your oral health.
Clean Your Teeth
It can be tempting to cut back on your oral hygiene routine when you are exhausted after a long day of holiday festivities. After consuming sweets and treats, it is best to clean your teeth as well as you can. This includes brushing thoroughly and flossing.
If you experience a dental emergency over the holidays, be sure to contact our office in Bowie, MD as soon as possible. We can determine if you need to be seen immediately. If it has been longer than six months since your last hygiene examination, we suggest scheduling your next appointment in the near future. We hope to see you soon and wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!