Importance of Holiday Dental Awareness
With all the hustle and bustle of this holiday season, remember to maintain your highest level of oral hygiene. While this can feel like an impossible part of your life, especially because the demands are so high to attend all those amazing parties, maintaining the integrity of your teeth is still of maximum importance. One of the reasons these gatherings take place is to celebrate the season. Another huge reason is to indulge in many of the delicious foods that are so traditional at this time of year, many of which can be hard on your teeth.
The last thing anyone wants to experience, during the holidays, is dental issues, especially on December 24th or 25th.
What Foods are Good and Bad for Your Teeth
At Vegas Tooth Doctor, we care about your teeth every day of the year, even on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Because of this, we would like to pass along to you our best tips on how to protect one of your most important resources:
Eat healthy foods – just remember, the second you start indulging in your favorite holiday foods, changes start happening in your mouth. Dairy products, particularly cheeses and milk, plus nuts, spinach, broccoli, and chicken help protect your enamel. This is because they provide the right amounts of calcium and phosphorus to cleanse and strengthen your teeth.
Avoid harmful foods – especially hard, chewy and gummy candies that can break, chip or pull out a tooth or filling or cause another type of trauma that would need immediate attention. A great alternative is a pack of sugarless gum.
Drink more water – a good rule of thumb is to make sure you include water in every occasion where you find yourself eating. Drinking water, as the last step of your indulgence, flushes out all the food particles that tend to build up. Water also rinses off the alcohol or sugared drinks that often coat your teeth.
When drinking alcohol, eat cheese – because alcohol contains acid, eating cheese between sips, helps remove it.
Solutions for making it through the Holidays without Teeth Issues
Keep up with your dental appointments – during the holidays make sure your teeth are a top priority, so you won’t end up with dental issues afterward. The holidays are actually a great time to get your teeth cleaned because this is a great reminder of your commitment to oral hygiene.
Stick to, or increase, your oral hygiene program – during the holidays, an extra teeth-brushing and flossing could prove very beneficial, but, at the very least, in all of your holiday adventures, do not neglect your basic oral hygiene program.
Never use your teeth to wrap or open presents – your teeth are not tools and should not be used to open, tear or hold anything. Protect your teeth because the set you have is the only you have.
To arrange for your holiday cleaning, or to make sure your teeth are in their best shape they can be in for this holiday season, call Vegas Tooth Doctor today.