When it comes to the holidays, images come to mind of twinkling lights, giving gifts, and special festivities that include delicious foods. Holidays can be full of joy, love, and laughter, but if you’re not careful, they can also be bad for your teeth. Lifetime Family Dental, located in Gilbert Arizona, wants you to have a fun holiday season without creating cosmetic or general dental problems. Here are some things to be aware of while enjoying all those celebrations.
- *Routine: Make sure you don’t skip your routine of brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes at each brushing. Brushing helps prevent sugary acids from staying on your teeth and eroding their enamel. Using a fluoride toothpaste will help to strengthen your teeth and avoid bad breath. And don’t forget to floss daily in order to remove buildup that your toothbrush can’t reach.
- *Drink Water: Drinking water regularly throughout the day helps your body stay healthy and aids in rinsing sugars 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. Hard nuts, candies, and ice can break teeth or cause hairline fractures that make them susceptible to decay.
- *Opening Packages: It may be faster to use your teeth to rip that ribbon off a holiday package, but taking the time to get a scissors may keep your teeth from loosening or breaking. Save yourself from possible damage: cut that ribbon with a proper cutting tool.
- *Chewy Treats: Platters of food during the Christmas season often contain treats that are chewy. Though they may be delicious, chewy foods stick to your enamel, encourage tooth decay, and they can even pull out fillings. Make your mouth happy and choose snacks that are teeth-friendly.
- *Choose Health: In the middle of all those delicious desserts, sweets, and rich holiday foods, look for vegetables and fruits that contain complex carbohydrates and good, healthy fibers. For your health’s sake, take an occasional break from rich foods and reach for carrots, celery, or apples. Your body and your teeth will thank you.
- *Nail Biting: The holidays can be a stressful time. Some people are prone to habits of nail biting, jaw clenching, or teeth grinding to relieve their anxiety. To de-stress, choose to go for a run, use a stress ball, or talk over stressful events with a friend.
Naughty or Nice to Your Teeth
Indulging in the abundance of sweet treats available during the holidays adds to the amount of sugar in your diet, which is hard on your teeth. Good oral routines can help to prevent Grandma’s cookies and candies from creating long-term problems in your dental health.
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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