December 1, 2016
The holidays are a busy time of year. There are family gatherings, holiday parties, traveling, and sharing great meals with your loved ones. As exciting as the holidays are, they can pose a certain challenge when it comes to maintaining your oral care. As your dentist in South Hadley, we understand just how chaotic the holidays can be. We do not want to see you place your oral health at risk due to a busy schedule. We have tips to help you maintain your oral health this holiday season.
Don’t Forget to Brush and Floss
The holidays are a very busy time, especially if you will be traveling. It is easy to forget to brush and floss as you navigate the holiday festivities. However, you need to remember to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. While this is important any time of the year, it is vital during the holidays as you will likely be snacking on sweets. To make your oral hygiene a bit easier, consider getting a travel oral hygiene kit. Then, you can take your toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste with you anywhere to maintain your oral hygiene.
If you have not been to the dentist recently, schedule an appointment for a cleaning and checkup now while you still have time. As the end of the year approaches, you will use your unused dental benefits while starting the season off right with a healthy, clean smile.
Watch What You Eat
During the holidays, you will be surrounded by a variety of foods, but you will want to watch what you eat. Although the cookies and other sugary sweets are tempting, it is best to choose healthier alternatives to decrease the risk for tooth decay.
You will want to avoid overly hard and crunchy foods as well. Snacking on hard foods will increase the risk for a broken tooth. You do not want your holidays to be ruined by an emergency trip to the dentist.
In addition, avoid common stain-causing foods that may cause your smile to dull. Avoid foods and drinks that have dark pigmentation, such as wines, berries, and coffee. You will also need to avoid foods that are high in acid, which weaken the enamel. It is always best to stick with water, fruits, and vegetables.
Protect Your Oral appliances
If you wear dentures, a bridge, or you any other oral devices, be sure they stay protected and properly cared for, especially while traveling. Your oral appliances can become damaged, just as your natural teeth. Be sure to properly care for them following your dentist’s instructions and take the appropriate oral travel cases with you.
Enjoy Your Holidays with a Beautiful Smile
The holidays are a great time of year, but your oral hygiene should not become less of a priority as you focus on other matters. With a little extra care, you can ensure you enjoy the holidays without causing damage to your beautiful smile. If you need a preventive cleaning and checkups before the holidays, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
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