|Were You Naughty or Nice to Your Teeth This Year?
The holiday season is one to look forward to, with sweets, treats and feasts abound! Between all the time we hope to spend with friends and family, we can often lose track of our daily care routines. Be sure to keep your dental care habits on the nice list! Check out our tips below on how to keep your smile bright and cavity-free:
- Control your sugar consumption
We are surrounded by candy canes, festive cookies, peppermint lattes, and caramel popcorns. Treat yourself, but do keep yourself in check, especially if you are eating sticky candies or sweets that can get stuck to your teeth. Make sure you rinse your mouth with water after eating and don't forget to brush and floss your teeth twice a day!
- Limit your alcohol consumption
As much as this is the season for bottomless eggnogs and bottles of wine with dinner, we'll also be there for you if the red wine stains your teeth or too much alcohol dries up your mouth. Consume everything in moderation and you are all set!
- Drink water
We cannot stress this enough! Water can help wash away food particles, especially after eating candy, sticky food, or consuming alcohol.
- Sugar-free gum could be your next BFF (Best Friend Forever)
This is the season to be surrounded by unlimited snacks and delicious treats. Whether you are at work or at the mall, it's hard not to snack on these treats. We know brushing and flossing throughout the day is not possible; instead, chew on a piece of sugar-free gum after meals or snacks. Chewing sugarless gum helps boost saliva, which can help flush out food remains and freshen up your breath.
- Be prepared for emergencies
If you use your teeth as a nutcracker (which you really shouldn't) and crack one, or have your cavities pulled out by a sticky candy, be prepared while our office is closed this holiday season! Stock up on gauze, floss, and over-the-counter pain relievers for minor problems. For emergencies, reach out to an Emergency Dental Hospital! (We'll have a phone number if you need it!).
- Schedule a post-holiday cleaning
Once the holidays are over and you have added improving your oral health to your New Year's resolutions, come and book an appointment with us for an exam or cleaning so you're smiling brightly in the New Year!
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