If you have been keeping up with our blog series, you will have read some tips for keeping your teeth looking and feeling their best this holiday season. From eating more sweets and treats than normal, to drinking more dehydrating and staining alcoholic beverages, to being busy enough to forget or skip our dental care, the holiday season can be bad time for our pearly whites. Today, we are going to cover more tips that will help keep your teeth happy and healthy and will keep your name off your family dentist’s naughty list.
Keep Up Your Routine
Like we briefly alluded to above, the holiday season is a busy time of year. Everyone is scurrying from store to store to get presents for all on their list and the food that they need to make a holiday meal to remember. Even though you may finish your day in the wee hours of the morning and all you want is to pass out in your bed, taking a few minutes to brush your teeth and floss is a must! If you think about it, brushing your teeth and flossing doesn’t take that much time out of your day or hours of sleep and far outweighs the consequences of neglected teeth.
Though it’s easy and incredibly tempting to reach for another Christmas cookie, you should probably think twice. Getting the right nutrition for your body and teeth is just as crucial now during this time of twinkle lights and Christmas treats as it is the rest of the year. Don’t slack on your nutrition if you want to stay off your family dentist’s naughty list! Not only will reaching for the veggies instead of another cookie keep you healthy and well, it will also lessen the amount of sugar that you are putting into your mouth and so lessen the sugar’s damage on your teeth.
From the business of the season and thus forgetting to drink water to the availability of other sweet and delicious beverages, most are walking around this holiday season dehydrated. Not only is this harmful for your body and can create a lot of health issues, not drinking enough water can also damage your teeth. How so? Glad you asked! Drinking plenty of water helps to keep that sugar that you are consuming and harmful bacteria at bay. Drinking water can actually help your teeth stay healthy!
Stay off your family dentist’s naughty list by keeping up with your dental hygiene routine, limiting your sugar intake, eating for nutrition, staying hydrated, and keeping up-to-date with your regular dental visits. Schedule with us today! Happy Holidays from all of us at Glendale Heights Family Dental!