This time of year is filled with sweet treats that are hard to avoid. From cookies and candies to toasted nuts and delicious eggnog, you’re likely to find sugary goodness around every corner. But if you’re hoping to enter into the new year with a healthy, beautiful smile, here are four ways to take better care of your smile while still enjoying some of your favorite holiday foods and beverages.
Make a Travel Dental Kit
If you’re flying, driving, or arriving by train, make sure to keep a small travel bag that includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash. This will allow you to take care of your smile after consuming a snack or your grandma’s ultimate pecan pie. Being able to quickly clean your teeth will reduce the amount of time sugar and other problematic substances remain inside your mouth.
Hydrate with Plenty of Water
Although a glass of wine or a sugary soda might seem like a good idea, the reality is that these beverages can not only increase your risk for cavities and tooth decay, but they can dry out your mouth, too. A lack of saliva production will only encourage bacteria to grow and accumulate, resulting in plaque and harmful acids eating away at your tooth enamel. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will keep your mouth moist and your salivary glands working at an optimal level to flush out bad bacteria and maintain better oral health.
Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools
Whether you’re visiting family for the holidays or staying at home to celebrate with friends, make sure you keep a pair of scissors nearby. Why? Because you should never use your teeth to open Christmas presents. The same can be said for consuming nuts. It might seem easier to just pop the whole thing in your mouth and crack open the shell with your teeth but in doing so, you could risk breaking or cracking a tooth and well on your way to visiting your emergency dentist. Instead, find an appropriate tool or nutcracker to take care of this important task.
Enjoy Plenty of Vegetables and Fruits
If your family enjoys keeping a tray of fresh fruit and veggies out for consumption, take advantage of it! These delicious and nutritious snacks are like natural toothbrushes. They can “brush” off any harmful particles that adhere to your teeth, and they can provide the necessary nutrients your body and smile need to look and feel good!
The holidays don’t have to be boring, especially when it comes to food. Just take the proper steps and precautions to care for your teeth and get ready to ring in the new year with a more confident and beautiful smile.
About the Author
Dr. Racha W. Kadamani is a trusted dentist in San Antonio with years of experience. With helpful tips to keep smiles healthy and damage-free throughout the holidays, our team can better prepare you and your family with proven techniques to keep in mind when traveling and enjoying the season with friends and family. Contact us at (210) 782-0008 to let us help you!