The most wonderful time of the year is finally here — Christmas carols filling up the air, Christmas trees are up and twinkling, and everyone is already feeling festive. Indeed, it is the time for merrymaking; and the last thing you would like to do this holiday season is to call in your dentist for tooth pain.
Today, the holiday season is almost synonymous with gingerbreads, sticky candy canes, and other sugar-loaded delicacies. You may be anticipating these staple food, but so are the bacteria inside your mouth.
So, as you wish your family and friends a merry holiday season, here are also the five healthy tips to help your teeth survive the holidays.
- Limit your red wine
Red wine is one of the staple beverages you could see on the table on Christmas Eve. It goes well with red meat. Aside from that, it also contains antioxidants, which make it even more a popular choice. However, despite the benefits that red wine has to offer, it can be bad for your teeth too. Red wine contains a chromogenic pigment responsible for its red hue; this can also leave a mark on your teeth.
- More fruits and vegetables, less sugar
Christmas is the season for sweet delights and sticky candy canes. The holidays also somewhat give you an excuse to be less mindful of what you eat and just indulge in these treats. While there is nothing to give in to these temptations once in a while, make sure to munch on vegetables and fruits to balance the equation. The sugar from the foods you eat can stick on your teeth’ surface; vegetables and fruits can act as a natural toothbrush and help clean off these food particles.
- Drink lots of water
Water offers so many benefits, especially on a festive day like the holidays. The holidays can be hectic, and you may forget to hydrate along the way. Aside from that, water can also wash away the bacteria and acid-forming in your mouth; thus, freshen up your breath and minimize your risk of holiday-born dental caries. And if you are looking to cut back overindulgence in holiday treats, drinking a glass of water before a meal will make you full faster.
- Use the right utensils
If you are looking for ways to show off the strength of your teeth, then you just might be tempted to open a bottle of beverage or shelling nuts with it. However, keep in mind that one wrong move, and you will get yourself calling your dentist for a dental emergency. This action can get your tooth broken, or the nutshells’ sharp surface can scrape your gums.
- Don’t forget your routine oral care
The fun activities and events in the holiday season may upset your schedule; however, the more reason that you should stick to your daily oral hygiene. Exert extra effort to keep your dental practice. Brush and floss at least twice daily. Gargle with water and mouthwash too.