22 Nov Dental Health Tips to Survive the Holidays
The 2017 holiday season is upon us, which means we’re all about to get busier and perhaps a little plumper as we rush between Thanksgiving meals, Christmas parties, and family gatherings. But, just because our waistline (and wallet) suffers a little during the holidays doesn’t mean our teeth should. Follow these health tips to make sure your first post-holiday trip isn’t to the dentist.
- Visit the dentist for a final check-up of the year to ensure you’re not heading into the holidays with hidden cavities or gum disease.
- Keep your daily oral hygiene routine going. This can be a bit more difficult when traveling, but investing in a travel-size toothbrush, paste, and floss to keep handy in your suitcase or carry-on bag can help keep you on track. At Renew, we provide a complimentary oral hygiene care pack that includes travel size toothpaste and floss, plus a full-size toothbrush, at the end of each check-up appointment.
- Limit the amount of hard or chewy treats you consume. We all love to indulge during the holidays but these type of treats are particularly tough on teeth.
- Drink plenty of water to wash away leftover food and acid that can lead to dental caries.
- Say yes to more turkey. This holiday favorite is also an excellent source of protein and phosphorus–two nutrients that help fight tooth decay and keep teeth strong and healthy.
- Mix in healthy snacks like a veggie tray with broccoli and carrots among the cakes and cookies for nutrients vital to tooth health.
- If playing football in the front yard is a part of your family’s holiday traditions, protect teeth with a professionally fitted mouth guard to avoid emergency trips to the dentist.
- Encourage your kids to care about their dental health by adding a cool toothbrush to their stockings.
- Don’t use your teeth to tear open packages or bite into hard candies like candy canes. When it’s time to open gifts, keep scissors or a small blade nearby for opening boxes.
- Get plenty of rest and take steps to keep holiday stress at bay. Stress can lead to oral health problems such as TMJ disorders.
The final tip we have to offer is this: Have fun! You’ve worked hard to keep your smile beautiful, show it off this season. The holidays are a time of joy and laughter–both of which are always the best medicine for any condition. Happy Holidays!