Ten Tips for Holiday Oral Care
This time of the year is filled with family, friends, and lots of gatherings that involve food. Rich foods and sugary snacks cannot only wreck havoc on our waistlines but on our teeth as well. The following are ten tips to manage your holiday oral care while still enjoying the season.
1. Drink water with meals or between glasses of wine or sugary drinks. Drinking water will help keep teeth cleaner by eliminating the amount of acid and sugar that sticks to the teeth. Drinking more water may also keep you from indulging in too many sweets.
2. Try to eat sweet, sticky foods with carbohydrates or proteins to limit the amount of acid and sugar that is left on the teeth.
3. People often eat things like candy canes and other hard candies they don’t normally eat at other times of the year. Always keep after hours and emergency dental numbers on hand in case of a chipped tooth or lost filling.
4. Try to save special treats like candy and cookies for after meals. Saliva that will help protect teeth has already been produced from eating.
5. Don’t put off needed dental procedures such as root canals or fillings. It may only make the situation worse if it is put off until the first of the year. It will also make parties and family get-togethers more enjoyable when your teeth are feeling healthy.
6. Consider giving toothbrushes and floss as stocking stuffers. Brightly colored toothbrushes and ones with unique designs can be fun gifts, especially for kids.
7. Enjoy that piece of cake or pie with a glass of milk. Dairy products act as a buffer between acids and the enamel on your teeth. Cheese can have the same effect and is a good snack to serve with wine.
8. Chew sugar free gum after eating if you’re not able to brush right away. This will help remove acids in the mouth.
9. Rinse your mouth with water if you’re unable to brush after a meal. This will help rid the mouth of excessive food particles.
10. Keep a travel size toothbrush and tube of toothpaste in the car or in a handbag to use when attending festive parties.