After this challenging year, Christmas is quickly approaching, and with it, many tempting sweets! But your teeth can take a beating from holiday treats like mince pies and your favorite drink, as well as from staying up late and not brushing your teeth enough. We have compiled our five best ideas to keep you on track and prevent damage to your teeth throughout the holiday season:
5 tips to keep your teeth healthy over the holidays season
Brush off any sticky food
Christmas desserts like mince pies, pudding, and cake are chock-full of sugary dried fruit that can cause cavities. Regular consumption of sticky candies and toffees puts continuous pressure on your teeth.
So, when you’re celebrating the holidays, be sure to brush your teeth very carefully. It doesn’t matter how excited a youngster is about Santa Claus’s arrival; parents still have a responsibility to make sure they wash their teeth, particularly in the hours leading up to bedtime.
Brush your teeth thoroughly
To prevent cavities, brush your teeth for two full minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoride-containing toothpaste. However, in order to preserve the protective fluoride, you should spit out the toothpaste after brushing, rather than rinsing.
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To get rid of that stubborn plaque between your teeth, try using a dental flosser or an interdental brush. Even on Christmas Eve, it’s crucial to urge everyone in the family to clean their teeth completely before bed, regardless of age. Make sure to supervise children while they brush their teeth.
Remember your teeth are not a bottle opener
Nobody ever intended for their teeth to be used for opening bottles, cracking open snack bags, ripping off labels, or cutting tape when they were wrapping presents. Never risk damaging your teeth by not having the bottle opener or scissors on hand. Get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible after experiencing tooth damage so they can fix the hole or smooth out the rough spots.
The cheeseboard is an absolute must!
Set aside some room for the cheeseboard after you’ve had your fill at the holiday feast. Because it helps neutralize the acid in plaque, cheese is excellent for your teeth and can ward off cavities. As a natural defense mechanism, cheese raises saliva production in the mouth, which helps keep the pH level in check. Additionally, the chemical compounds released by cheese have the ability to coat teeth in a protective film, shielding them from acids that erode enamel.
Make an appointment with the dentist for the new year!
Get in touch with your dentist or hygienist as soon as possible if it’s been a while since your last visit. This will help keep your teeth and gums healthy and beautiful.
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Just give us a call at 361-933-0124 or send us an online message to set up an appointment at Robstown Smiles.
Sending best wishes for a joyous and safe holiday season, and best wishes for a prosperous and healthy new year to everyone!