As Christmas rolls around, it’s very easy to destroy and harm your smile. However, there are some things you can do to enjoy the holidays all while preventing dental issues and caring for your smile. Those things are:
No. 1: Eat balanced foods
As much as you want to indulge in the sugary sweets lying on the kitchen table, it’s very important to eat balanced foods. So, when you eat sugary foods, make sure you also eat traditional, healthy foods, like veggies, delicious dip, and meats. Doing so will help cancel the acids sugar leaves in your smile.
No. 2: Set a time limit
Instead of grazing on food all day, it’s best to dedicate a specific time to eating. Designating a time to eat will give your smile the time it needs to build up a defense against tooth decay and plaque. So, do your best to only eat the holiday foods at a certain time of the day.
No. 3: Drink a lot of water
Drinking water on Christmas is a great way to wash your smile every chance you get. As you drink, the food particles and bacteria will be washed away. So, do your best to drink as much water as possible.
No. 4: Stay busy
Try to stay busy after you have eaten your meal. Play games with your family members, visit with your friends, or entertain yourself with puzzles and movies. This will help you keep your mind of off food and will keep you from grazing all day.
No. 5: Clean your smile
The most important thing you can do for your smile is clean it 30 minutes after you have eaten. This will wash the food particles, bacteria, and plaque away from your teeth and gums, which will help your oral health remain in tip-top shape. So, with that in mind, make sure you pack a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste to your party destination.
If you do these five things, your smile will remain in good condition and you will completely enjoy the holidays without having to worry about dental issues and other problems. If you have any questions or if you would like more tips, please call us today and talk to a member of our dental team!