The holidays are joyous occasions, but they can also be stressful as we try to create the “perfect” experience for our families. As a result, your dental health may take a bit of a backseat. Perhaps you eat that extra candy you normally wouldn’t, or you enjoy that second glass of red wine. We’re all human, and a little indulgence is good for all of us! That said, we have some simple tips to keep your teeth in tip-top shape as you enjoy this most festive of seasons:
- Check out the veggie tray: The holidays are full of cheer and amazing food, but we are tempted to overindulge on dessert and sugary beverages. We believe everyone should enjoy, but try to include some vegetables at the buffet to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
- Drink plenty of water: Eggnog, punch and wine are holiday mainstays, but be sure to drink plenty of water too! Water not only keeps you hydrated, but it helps to rinse your teeth of sugary substances. Sugar will have a difficult time adhering to your teeth if you regularly consume water.
- Be prepared when you travel: Whether you’re headed to your in-laws’ or your parents’ house, it’s important to pack all of your dental accessories. Be sure to have plenty of floss and toothpaste on hand, and don’t forget the charger for your electric toothbrush!
- Keep a routine: The holidays can seem like a magical time when all of the rules go out the window, particularly for children. This can mean good oral health habits go out of the window too. It’s important to maintain your dental health routine. Be sure to floss daily, and brush at least twice a day.
- Avoid the soda: Many holiday parties and gatherings include sugary soda. While a small cup or two won’t hurt you, we advise that you try and keep soda consumption to a minimum. Sugary and acidic soda can really wreak havoc on the health and appearance of your teeth, so it’s best to keep the fizz at bay!
We understand scheduling an appointment with Fioritto Family Dental during the holiday season is not a top priority. In the interim, try following the tips above to keep your teeth healthy as you enjoy time with your loved ones. Don’t forget to call us to schedule a post-holiday checkup.