Now that it’s November, the holiday season is getting into full swing. Families are prepping for Thanksgiving, putting up decorations, and starting to buy Christmas gifts. As such, you may want to pay more attention to your oral health. After all, various holiday foods could hurt your teeth and gums if you aren’t careful! Luckily, your Goode dentist can help you enjoy seasonal sweets so they don’t harm your smile. Here are four dental tips that’ll keep the holidays from wreaking havoc on your mouth.
Drink Lots of Water
Holiday parties often include soda and wine, neither of which is good for teeth. Both drinks are highly acidic, meaning they can erode tooth enamel and cause cavities. Furthermore, red wine is filled with tannins that stain pearly whites. Having too much of it, then, could ruin your Thanksgiving or Christmas photos!
Given these facts, try to drink water instead of the bubbly stuff. If you must have wine or soda, though, remember to rinse your mouth out afterward.
Be Cautious of Candy Canes
Candy canes are a Christmastime staple, but you shouldn’t go overboard with them. Their main ingredient is sugar, which attracts enamel-eroding bacteria. Plus, they have a hard texture that can crack or chip enamel if you bite too hard.
Still, this sweet is OK to have so long as you practice moderation. Just remember to clean your pearly whites after you have them!
Have a Healthy Diet
Whatever else you eat during the holidays, make sure to include healthy foods. Broccoli and carrots are loaded with vitamin A, which strengthens enamel. Turkey, meanwhile, has protein and phosphorus that keeps your teeth strong and vibrant. For these reasons, you might want to skip the trays of cookies and fill your plate with veggies and meats!
Stick to Your Daily Dental Routine
For many people, the holidays involve traveling that disrupts normal routines. Even so, you shouldn’t let them interfere with good oral hygiene. Without your twice-daily brushing and once-daily flossing, your smile will likely suffer from problems. Consequently, it’d be best if you did what you could to preserve your regular dental care.
Though tasty, holiday foods will injure your teeth if you don’t take precautions. By following the tips above, however, you’ll ensure your smile enjoys this season as much as you do!
About the Practice
White Cosmetic & Family Dentistry is based in Goode, VA. Headed by the husband-and-wife duo of Drs. Brandon and Julia White, our practice cares for patients like family. Therefore, you can count on us for high-quality preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments. Our office can also perform emergency dental care as needed. For more information or to book a visit, you can reach us on our website or by phone at (540)-587-5707.