It’s not easy to keep your mouth healthy during the holidays. Sweets and goodies seem to show up at every turn. There is also a shortage of time to devote to your regular routines of brushing and flossing that can have a negative effect on your oral health. With a little forethought you can still enjoy the holidays without compromising the health of your teeth and gums.
The American Dental Association (ADA) has provided some tips for getting through the holidays.
Grazing is for Cattle
Holiday gatherings have an array of foods and taste temptations, but grazing can put your teeth at greater risk for decay. Vow in advance to limit yourself to one plate of refreshments and then walk away. Focus on the people and engage in great conversation, which is more meaningful than the tempting goodies.
Cheese and Meat Trays Are Good For Your Teeth
Meat and cheese trays are great tooth-friendly snacks, especially if you’re drinking alcoholic beverages or soft drinks. Calcium rich cheese helps neutralize the acid found in these beverages. Meat is a great source of protein, which can help your body fight tooth decay and will keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Fruit and Vegetables Promote Healthy Teeth and It’s Good For Your Waistline
Instead of sugary desserts, try eating fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth. Veggies, such as carrots and broccoli are loaded with Vitamin A, which strengthens your enamel, and both are good for your teeth.
A Little Goes a Long Way
It’s not reasonable to think you can get through the holidays without eating any sweets. You don’t have to skip holiday treats altogether, but eat a small serving of a single dessert. Your teeth will be exposed to less sugar if you eat a single treat than if you’re constantly snacking. This approach satisfies your need for a holiday goodie and reduces the risk of tooth decay.
Chew Sugarless Gum
You’ll likely not be able to brush your teeth during a party. A good alternative would be rinse your mouth with a glass of water, and chew a piece of sugarless gum. Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum can help prevent tooth decay. Chewing sugarless gum has other benefits as well; it will freshen your breath and keep your mouth busy, so you are less likely to eat more food.
Sticky candy “sticks” to your teeth, increasing the chance for a cavity. Sticky stuff is also notorious for pulling out a filling, bridge, or bracket, and they can be worse for teeth than other treats such as cake and cookies.
Stick to Your Routine
The holidays can interrupt your regular schedule, but it’s still important to brush at least two times a day and floss once a day. When you eat in between meals, brush your teeth if you’re in a place where you can, or make sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly.
Schedule a Dentist Visit
To maintain a healthy mouth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS for a professional cleaning and examination. Regular dental visits are one of the most important things you can do for healthy teeth and gums. Dr. Evanson is located in Parker, Colorado, which is convenient to those who live in the surrounding communities of Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Castle Rock and Lone Tree.
Dr. Evanson is committed to bringing her patients the best and most advanced dentistry. Give her a call today at 720-409-0008 or contact us online to make an appointment before the year ends so you can maintain healthy teeth and gums during the holidays and in the coming year.Leave a reply →