Maintain Healthy Smiles during the Holidays
Date: December 14, 2012 Richard Jones

The holiday season is definitely upon us, and with it comes a string of get-togethers, parties, and similar gatherings that feature an abundance of food. Holiday merry-making may be synonymous to indulging in your favourite holiday food, but this is not an excuse to let your teeth – and your waistline! – take on too much abuse. There are a few things you can do to ensure that your smiles stay as healthy as ever during the holidays, and beyond.

Here are some ways in which you can enjoy the festive season without sacrificing your dental health, so that your teeth can stay in excellent condition:

• Put a limit on the festive drinks that you will consume during each event that you plan on attending. It may be tempting to go all-out with drinking beverages which are loaded with sugar during parties, but it is important for your dental (and overall) health to be conscious of the amount you are consuming. You can still indulge in your chosen festive drink – such as hot chocolate, wine, mixed cocktails, spiked coffee, or apple cider – but try to limit your consumption to one drink per day. The drinks mentioned above may cause staining, and can also wear down tooth enamel when consumed excessively.

• Whenever possible, drink a glass (or two) of water after consuming rich or sweet food items. The holiday season may be the time to indulge in sweets, candies, cakes, and other delectable items, but you can help protect your teeth from harm that may be caused by sugary food by washing your mouth with water afterwards. Of course, tooth brushing is still the best way to clean the teeth after eating, but drinking water can prevent bacteria from forming on the teeth and inside the oral cavity, in those times when brushing your teeth may not be immediately possible after eating (such as when you are still socialising after eating that sumptuous Christmas dinner!).

• Keep up with your regularly scheduled dental checkups – yes, even during the holiday season. It may be tempting to just forego a visit to your dentist because of all the social events that you have lined up, but the dental checkup is important to ensure that your teeth stay as healthy as possible – so that you can flash your beautiful smiles not only during the holidays, but in the years to come as well.

Are you prepared for the holiday season’s abundant feasts? How do you take care of your teeth during the holidays? Please LEAVE A REPLY below, and share your experiences and comments with us!

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