With December well underway, many people have lots of festivities to attend, while others may be planning a trip away for the holidays. It is a busy time of year, and then, of course, there are all those delicious seasonal foods and drinks to enjoy. These can all take a toll on your teeth, but our simple dental tips will help you to enjoy the holidays without compromising your dental health.
Stick to Your Regular Oral Hygiene Routine
We know it’s often a frantic time of year, but even the busiest elves can spare a few minutes to brush and floss after a late night. Just think about how much nicer it is to wake up with a clean mouth than to discover last night’s spinach dip is still adorning your not-so-pearly whites.
Fill Up on Healthy Foods Before Splurging on Seasonal Goodies
Many festive events offer a chance to get together with friends, and to nibble on festive foods. Lots of these foods won’t be readily available for another twelve months, so give yourself permission to splurge a little but aim for some balance. If there are crunchy veggies with a dip, fill up on those rather than on chips, cookies and pastries. When you snack, be selective and choose foods you really enjoy so you can savour every bite.
Hit the Cheeseboard
Choose cheese if you can because it contains protein and calcium which are great for your teeth. Hard cheese is particularly good as it stimulates saliva flow, helping to wash away excess food and bacteria more quickly.
Take Healthy Snacks into the Office
Work in an office packed with seasonal goodies? It is hard to resist and often there is pressure to indulge. If fruit is an option snack on that instead or bring in your own healthier alternatives.
Don’t Forget to Drink Water
Drink plenty of water each day, and when socializing, alternate alcoholic beverages with a glass of water. At this time of year, it is easy to become dehydrated in centrally heated homes and offices.
Don’t Use Teeth as Tools
Resist the urge to use your teeth as tools as it could prove expensive. Opening packets, tearing parcel tape, trying to open nuts, or even worse bottles could damage your teeth, chipping or even breaking them. Restorative work by your dentist in Newcastle may be costly and time-consuming, and a dental emergency is not a great way to start your New Year.
Pack a Travel Dental Kit
If you are out and about then make sure you can brush and floss wherever you are by carrying a travel toothbrush, mini toothpaste and dental floss with you. Also, if you end up spending the night away from home, you can at least freshen up.
Going Away? Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush
If you are lucky enough to be going away for the festive season, be sure to pack your toothbrush, dental floss and your favourite toothpaste as it might be difficult to find a store that is open, and which stocks your preferred brands. Do you have people staying over the festive season? It might be worth making sure you have a spare toothbrush or two, just in case!
Get Organized with Next Year’s Checkups and Cleanings
If you need a dental checkup and cleaning in Clarington, why not get ahead of the game and organize it now? That way, if your smile has suffered during the party season, you know it will receive expert care here at West Bowmanville Family Dental very soon so you can begin the New Year with bright, clean and healthy teeth.