'Tis the Season for Bright Smiles
The holiday season is filled with sweet indulgences: Hot cocoa with marshmallows by the yule log, grandma’s cookies and milk, spiked eggnog with old friends, homemade candied walnuts and fudge, and every kind of pie you can imagine. These treats are some of what make the holidays so special, but they can be the culprit of tooth decay, chipped teeth, and broken crowns among other things. So to help keep your mouth happy, healthy and looking its best, we have created a list of five tips to help protect your smile during the holidays.
- Snack smart. Enjoy yourself, satisfy your sweet tooth and eat that cookie left out for Santa. We know you want to... But do so mindfully.
- Choose soft sweets over hard, chewy or sticky sweets (including dried fruits). These treats get stuck in your teeth feeding bad bacteria, increasing the risk of tooth decay.
- Use a nut cracker and not your teeth. That nut is not worth risking a chipped tooth over.
- Enjoy sweets not too far after a meal rather than close to bed time. After a meal your saliva production is high, this naturally washes and breaks down food debris and leftover sugar.
- Don’t fall off the sleigh with your oral health routine.
- Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day, in the morning and before bed.
- Floss once a day, morning or night – your choice. The important thing is that you do it.
- Rinse with a fluoride mouth wash after brushing.
- Keep a travel sized tube of fluoride toothpaste, a toothbrush and some floss in your bag for when you are on the go.
- Drink plenty of water. Water rinses your mouth of leftover sugar and food particles from meals and beverages. Between sugary drinks, cocktails and eating, drink a glass of water to lower your risk of tooth decay and bad breath.
- Don’t skip appointments. We know the holiday season can be a busy time of year and it’s tempting to cancel dental appointments. If you are due for a dental appointment, don’t skip it. It is cheaper and easier to prevent oral health complications than it is to treat them.
- Emergencies happen, know what to do if you have one. If you find yourself with a chipped tooth, broken crown, or dental emergency, call your general dentist. If no one is available because it is after hours or a holiday, call 866.268.9631 to consult with one of our on-call providers.
Happy holidays, safe travels and may your smile shine bright this season.
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