The Holidays allow us to enjoy delicious food and to spend quality time with our loved ones. However, it is not an excuse to neglect our oral health! No matter how tasty the food, it is neither smart nor healthy to let dental problems ruin the holiday celebration. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your dental health in great shape this Holiday Season! Take a look:
DENTAL APPOINTMENTS. Scheduling a dental appointment before the Holidays can identify any potential problems that might disrupt your plans this season!
BRACES. Remember, the Holidays consist of plenty of non-braces friendly foods. Toffee, popcorn, candy canes, peppermint bark, and other crunchy, hard, sticky, and sweet foods may be harmful for your braces. Be aware of these foods, and use caution if eaten!
TRAVEL. Dental problems do happen, sometimes when we least expect them to. Thy's why proper preparation, whether at home or traveling during the Holidays, is crucial. When traveling abroad, bringing a mini first aid kit with an anti-infammatory, an antibiotic, and an oral rinse of chlorhexidine can decrease any inconvience that might occur.
BRUSH. Let's face it, there's no avoiding sugar around the Holidays! However, after consuming sugar, the best thing that you can do for your dental heath is to immediately and thoroughly rinse your mouth with plain water, which will dilute the acid concentration that can contribute to decay and gum disease. It is also important to wait for about 20 minutes after consuming sugar to brush your teeth.
CHOICES. Sugar feeds bad oral bacteria. The more that you consume, the more bad bacteria increase in your mouth. One way to eliminate the risk is to include more probiotic (good bacteria) foods like yogurt into your diet. One should also drink plenty of fluids, especially water, during the Holidays. Water, of course, has long been known to have many positive effects on your overall health. It is also a good way to prevent bad breath, cavities, and other potential problems since water aids in flushing out bacteria that linger in the mouth!
Following these tips during the Holidays can increase the likelihood of an enjoyable season! If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment this Holiday Season, call our office at 918-455-0123!