Check out these easy Holiday tips to help keep the Holly Jolly in your Christmas Season! First, your stocking forecast this year will almost certainly include a dusting of sugar as 77% of people include candy in holiday gifts according to the National Confectioners Association. Giving Candy? Consider chocolate. It washes off of your teeth more easily than sticker sweets like candy canes.
Second Tip: During the Holidays, many people use their teeth as tools to quickly cut through the wrappings to get to the surprise inside. Although Grandma may be an expert wrapper, using your teeth to try and undo the Fort Knox knots that she's tied in the ribbon is not a great idea. Your teeth were made for eating, not to stand in as a pair of scissors. Don't spoil your Christmas with an unexpected chipped tooth, injured jaw or trip to Urgent Care because of inadvertently swallowing something!
Next Tip: The Holidays are very hectic and many patients don't have the extra time for a trip to the dentist for that bleaching appointment. So if you are dreaming of a white smile for your family Christmas photos, try this "Dental Tip" to whiten your teeth in 30 seconds or less. Wear a red or pink lipstick with a blue undertone. Thanks to how the eye perceives these colors, your teeth will instantly appear much whiter and brighter!
Finally, between holiday parties, travel and other seasonal happenings, it's very easy to slip out of your normal habits. Don't wait until New Year's to make your dental health a priority again. If you have a regular dental visit scheduled, keep the appointment. And don't forget to brush two minutes twice daily and clean between your teeth with floss once a day!
Hopefully these few tips can keep your Christmas Season merry and bright!
God Bless & Merry Christmas,