December 29, 2020
The holidays are here, and with them comes a multitude of sweet and savory beverages and treats that you probably share with friends and family. While these goodies make your soul happen, they are far less friendly to your teeth. The good news is, you can still enjoy them while taking care of your smile this season, and your Sunnyvale family dentist shares five tips to help you do it.
Five Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy This Holiday
Savory traditional foods are just part of the package when it comes to spending time with family and friends during the holiday season. Check out these five tips you can practice to keep your taste buds and your teeth happy:
Don’t Slack Off
One of the simplest and most practical things you can do for your teeth is to keep up with a regular oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing every day. During the holidays, you may travel like many others, or adopt a different schedule for a week or two while taking time off of work or school. This can pose a risk to your normal routine, so try setting reminders on your phone or calendar to help you remember to take time to show your teeth some love on a daily basis.
Watch Out for Sticky Desserts
Candy, colorful cookies, pie…these delicious sweets are an integral part of the holidays, but they can leave remnants on your teeth that can cause cavities if not rinsed off. It’s important to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and rinsing your mouth out after consuming these goodies in order to keep those pearly whites shining bright.
Mind the Wine
Many families like to enjoy fine wines and sparkling champagne during the holidays. Even white wines can cause damage to your teeth due to the high acid content. In order to avoid dark stains or worn-down enamel, make sure to have a swig or two of water in between glasses to rinse your mouth out.
Some of the most traditional sides that you probably see around the holidays, such as bread, mashed potatoes, and stuffing are full of starch. If not removed, it later turns to sugar and can lead to tooth decay. Instead of grabbing another dinner roll, opt for a second slice of turkey or ham. Plus, the protein will keep you full longer which also prevents excessive snacking.
Pack a Dental Hygiene “To-Go” Kit
No matter where you’re spending the holidays, it’s always good to have a travel dental hygiene kit nearby. After eating, take a moment for self-care and floss and brush your teeth. There are plenty of options when it comes to travel sized amenities that can fit in pockets or bags.
Whatever your plans are this holiday season, make sure to keep oral health as a priority so that you can set your smile up for success in the new year!
About the Practice
Dr. George T. Philip loves using his knowledge on a daily basis to help his patients’ smiles shine brighter. It is a priority to him to make sure that everyone he cares for is armed with the knowledge and tools they need to take great care of their teeth. His years of extensive experience and continuing education allow him to be able to provide the highest quality of care. Are your teeth in good shape for the holidays? Schedule an appointment online or call (972) 285-6144.
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