It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Families are together, the weather is cooler and lots of delicious holiday food and treats are made. One concern though, is how will the holiday food affect your beautiful smile?
What are some tips to keep your smile bright during the holidays?
Limit the sweets– Since sugary food and drinks can combine with germs in your mouth to cause gum disease and cavities, it is important to limit the amount of food and drinks sweetened with sugar. It is ok to still have an occasional treat during the holidays…just try not to make these foods your entire holiday diet!
Limit drinks that stain teeth– If you like drinks such as coffee, tea or red wine, you can still occasionally drink them but like sweets, you will want to limit how many drinks you have. This way, you will not constantly bathe your teeth with these tooth-staining liquids. When possible, drink them through a straw.
Brush and floss after each meal– It is always a great idea to brush with a fluoride toothpaste and to floss after each meal to prevent your mouth germs from causing harm to your gums and teeth. You will also reduce the chances of drinks staining your teeth if you brush with a whitening and fluoride toothpaste.
If you can’t brush and floss after each meal, at least rinse your mouth out with water afterward to lift extra stain particles.
What if you have a toothache during the holidays? Make sure you understand your dentist’s emergency policy and keep their number on hand. The last thing you want to have during the holidays is a dental emergency!
Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
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