We all know the holidays can be the most difficult time of the year to stay away from foods and beverages that cause harm to your teeth and gums. Not only that, but it can often be hard to stick to your regular daily oral health routine. Since we recognize it can be nearly impossible to say no to all the delicious options during the holidays, we have some tips on how to eat what you want and still keep your mouth in great shape.
If You are Traveling for the Holidays, Bring an Easily Accessible Travel Dental Kit
Make sure you have your travel tooth brush, tooth paste, floss and mouthwash easily accessible throughout the holidays. Trying to brush, floss and rinse out your mouth after every meal will help remove food particles from your teeth rather than leaving them to sit for hours. This will also deter you from continually snacking. As difficult as it can be while traveling, it is very important to stick to your daily oral health routines, especially when you are consuming more food than normal.
If You Can’t Brush and Floss After Each Meal, Chew Sugarless Gum
Although brushing and flossing is the ideal way to go, chewing sugarless gum after eating helps remove food particles from your teeth as well. It also helps prevent you from wanting to continually keep snacking throughout the day.
Drink Lots of Water and When You Drink Anything Else, Use a Straw
Obviously it is well known water is the best beverage for your teeth. Many other liquids contain high amounts of acid that can break down tooth enamel, and darker liquids can stain teeth over time. Drinking water also helps freshen breath and eliminate food particles stuck in the teeth. If you are drinking something other than water, try using a straw when possible as it will help guide the liquid past your teeth and not cause as much enamel damage or stains.
Book Your Post-Holiday Dental Visit Now
Things can get very busy around the holidays. Go ahead and book your post-holiday visit to have your teeth cleaned and start the New Year off on the right foot. Book online or call us at 405-732-2230.