It’s probably no surprise that your dentist wants you to stay cavity-free this holiday season. With so many more sweets, special treats, and other goodies readily available, it’s easy to forgo the normal routine and overindulge in all the things that can lead to serious dental work if you’re not careful. To keep your dentist happy and your mouth free from decay, why not check out these 4 ways you can ensure a healthier, more beautiful smile during the holidays.
Say “No” to Sugar
If you’re laughing at this notion, it’s understandable. Saying “no” to sugar during the holidays is practically impossible, but if you want to keep tooth decay from eating away at your tooth enamel and causing cavities, you will at least limit how much you are consuming. Bacteria loves sugar and will use it to feed off of and create holes in your teeth, also known as caries. To prevent this from happening, not only do you need to reduce the amount you are eating but also brush and floss your teeth after eating or drinking anything that contains sugar. This will help reduce the likeliness that sugar will adhere to the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
Opt for Water Instead
Soda, juice, wine, coffee, tea, and a host of other beverages may be tempting but instead, it’s better to choose water. Water not only keeps you hydrated, but it also encourages and increases saliva production, keeping your salivary glands working at an optimal level. This makes it possible for you to flush out any harmful bacteria or left-behind food particles, keeping them from sticking to your teeth and causing problems.
Brush, Floss, Rinse
That’s right! During the holidays, make sure you are thoroughly brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with an ADA-approved mouthwash. This normal oral hygiene routine will serve you greatly throughout the holidays, especially with all the snacking and sugary treats that seem to be within arms reach at all times. Don’t be tempted to give up your routine, as it will be necessary to get rid of anything in your mouth that could lead to decay, cavities, and gum disease.
Schedule a Checkup and Cleaning
If it seems impossible the idea of seeing your dentist during the holidays, it’s highly suggested. This gives them a chance to check for problems, stop them in their tracks, and clean your teeth, so you have a beautiful, healthy smile to show off in pictures. By scheduling an appointment this time of year, you will be setting yourself up for success in 2020.
Keep your smile looking its best by following these simple guidelines. Your dentist knows you can’t forgo all the goodies this time of year brings but be mindful of how you do it and what you can do to prevent decay from invading your smile.
About the Practice
At Celebration Family Dental, we want you to enjoy a happy and wonderful holiday season. That is why we encourage all our patients to schedule a regular dental checkup and cleaning this time of year, as it allows our team to thoroughly check for any problems and remove harmful bacteria. Not only will your teeth remain cavity-free this year, keeping both you and your dentist happy, but you’ll have a beautiful smile to start off the new year! To learn how we can help you, visit our website or call (469) 892-6647.