When it comes to the holidays, the bountiful food comes to mind along with all the twinkle lights and gifts. Holidays can be full of joy, love and laughter, but can also be bad for our teeth if we are not careful. Lifetime Family Dental, located in Gilbert Arizona, wants everyone to have a safe and fun holiday season, and to ensure it doesn’t come with cosmetic or general dental disasters. There are some things you can be aware of in order to embrace the best of the season, while taking care of your teeth!
Naughty or Nice to Your Teeth
With sweets seeming to appear out of nowhere during this season, it can be difficult to take great care of your teeth. There are some simple ways you can enjoy treats of the holiday season, but also take care of your teeth. These tips include:
- *Routine: Make sure you don’t skip your routine of brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes. This will help ensure sugary acids do not sit on your teeth eroding the enamel. Use a fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen teeth and avoid bad breath.
- *Drink Water: Drinking water regularly throughout your days will help your body stay healthy and keep the sugar off your teeth.*
- *Hard Foods: Nuts, ice, or hard candy can wreak havoc on your teeth. Do not crack nuts with your teeth or chew on ice. The surface strength of nutshells, ice or hard candy can cause immense damage to your teeth and gums.
- *Opening Packages: It may be quicker to use your teeth to get the ribbon off that gift from your favorite loved one, but waiting the few extra minutes for scissors or another tool will benefit your teeth greatly.
- *Chewy Treats: Platters of food during the Christmas season usually contain treats that are chewy. Though they may be delicious, they stick to your enamel, encourage tooth decay, and can even pull out fillings.
- *Choose Health: Amongst the delicious desserts, sweets, and excellent food that comes with the holidays, there usually are also vegetables and fruits available. Take breaks between other foods to eat some carrots or apples.
- *Nail Biting: The holidays can be a stressful time. Some people are prone to nail biting, jaw clenching, or teeth grinding to relieve their anxiety. Give your teeth a break and choose to go for a run, use a stress ball, or talk over stressful events with a friend.
Whatever your plans for the holidays, don’t stop taking care of yourself. You are important, and as much as we love to see you, emergency visits to the dentist aren’t the best way to spend the holidays! For more information on healthy holiday dental tips, come see us today at Lifetime Family Dental!
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