Smile Through the Holidays

We all want to have pearly-white, cavity-free teeth all while enjoying the holiday sweets. Here are some tips to ensure that you keep your teeth healthy this holiday season.

Brush after Eating a Sugary Treat

A good habit to have is making sure to brush your teeth and gums at least twice a day for at least two minutes each time, as well as flossing once a day. During the holidays, encourage your kids to brush and floss right after they eat and especially right after they finish a sweet.  If a you do not have access to a toothbrush, a good idea would be to rinse your mouth with some water. Persuade your kids to rinse their mouths with water,  which can help prevent sugar, acids and any other food from sticking to their teeth.

Be prepared.

If you can plan ahead, try to pack a toothbrush and some dental floss,  just so you are prepared. Also, drinking water is key because not only can you rinse with it but drinking a glass of water before a meal can help you control your meal portions. If you are going to be drinking something sweet, use a straw if possible. By using a straw you are keeping the sugary fluid far from your teeth and it minimizes the impact on your teeth.

Avoid Hard Candy and Nut Cracking

During the holiday season, everyone loves to eat candy, especially candy canes, as well as nuts. Nuts and hard candy can either chip your teeth or stick to your teeth, it is best that you try to avoid both. You would not want to cause your teeth any pain during the holiday especially when the dentist office may be closed. So, if you are going to have hard candy, let it dissolve in your mouth first before you decide to bite down on a hard piece of candy. If you want to avoid a trip to the dentist during the holiday eat sweets that will not cause much damage to your teeth.

Lastly, it might not be a bad idea to schedule a visit to the dentist after the holidays are over, that way you can be sure that your teeth will be free of any bad bacteria. Remember, healthy teeth mean a more beautiful smile for your holiday photos.