4 Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy During the Holidays

December 14, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drphillipteam @ 7:02 pm
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The holidays are a time of celebration with your family and friends. This includes a lot of food, fun, and busy schedules! Unfortunately, these special times can wreak havoc on your oral health if you are not mindful of your dental habits. Here are four tips from your dentist in Sunnyvale to keep your smile healthy and happy throughout the holiday season!

Tip #1: Eat Sweet Treats in Moderation

You have probably heard since you were a child that sugar can have detrimental effects on your teeth. Well, the holidays are a time of the year when you are exposed to it constantly, from pies to candy. As a matter of fact, candy canes are made entirely of the sweet stuff! It may seem impossible to avoid the various goodies, especially when celebrating with others. The good news is that you don’t have to forego them completely. Just enjoy them in moderation and be sure to brush your pearly whites 30 minutes after eating them.

Tip #2: Do Your Best Not to Snack

During mealtimes, your saliva production is highest. Why does this matter? Saliva helps keep your teeth free from harmful bacteria and washes away food particles. On the other hand, snacking throughout the day increases your risk of cavities. Plus, most people aren’t in the habit of brushing after each snack compared to full meals. It’s best to focus on making your breakfast, lunch, and dinner well-balanced and filling to keep your pearly whites as healthy as possible!

Tip #3: Prioritize Oral Hygiene

It’s easy to fall out of a normal routine during the holidays, between traveling or having loved ones visit from out of town. While enjoying these special times is important, it is also vital not to start skipping your daily brushing and flossing routine. This can easily lead to tooth decay and gum disease. These serious oral health concerns can negatively impact the look and function of your smile. If you are unable to tend to your teeth right away, chewing on some sugar-free gum can help in the meantime!

Tip #4: Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools

Between hard foods and gifts, the holidays can tempt you to use your teeth in ways that aren’t best for them! For example, when you want to crack open nuts or tear open a gift that is enclosed in strong plastic. While it is tempting to use your pearly whites due to the convenience, you should avoid doing that at all costs. It can result in serious tooth and gum damage. Instead, wait for the proper tool or ask someone for a helping hand.

By prioritizing your oral health with these tips, you can keep your smile whole and healthy throughout all the joys of the holidays!

About the Author

Dr. George Philip and his team serve Sunnydale and the surrounding areas. He provides a full range of services, including preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry. With personalized care and using state-of-the-art dental technology, he helps you achieve a lifetime of excellent oral health! To schedule an appointment, contact him through his website or call (972) 285-6144.

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