December 15, 2021
The holiday season is officially in full swing! Many people are looking forward to all the traveling, gift-giving, quality time spent with loved ones, and (of course) countless opportunities to feast on seasonal meals and treats. Although it’s okay to put your responsibilities on hold for a bit this season, you shouldn’t neglect your oral health. With that in mind, a dentist in Conyers shares a few ways you can protect your smile during the holidays.
Eat Candy Canes in Moderation
Everyone knows that sugar can have detrimental effects on your teeth. Well, candy canes are composed primarily of it. During the holidays, it may seem impossible to avoid them as well. The good news is that you don’t have to forego them completely! You can still enjoy them as long as it’s in moderation. While eating a candy cane, be sure to bite carefully. Otherwise, you can crack or chip a tooth and experience a dental emergency. Don’t forget to clean your teeth thoroughly after indulging in one as well!
Soda, wine, and juice are popular beverages that you can find at almost any holiday party. Unfortunately, none of them are good for your teeth. The sugary and acidic drinks can increase your risk of decay, cavities, and even gum disease. Instead, opt for plain water whenever possible – it’ll hydrate you and rinse away any lingering food particles. If you must drink something bubbly, reach for sugar-free sparkling water.
Follow a Healthy Diet
Holiday parties are notorious for having an abundance of treats that are no good for your teeth. However, not all food is bad for you. Skip the dessert and fill up your plate with veggies like broccoli and carrots. Not only are they great for your teeth, but they can benefit your overall health. It may surprise you to learn that turkey is another holiday food that’s excellent for your teeth. It’s a great source of phosphorus and protein, both of which can strengthen your pearly whites!
Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools
If you’re struggling to crack open some nuts, you may be tempted to use your teeth. However, you should avoid doing that at all costs. The hard surface of most nutshells can result in serious tooth and gum damage. Instead, wait for the proper tool or ask someone else for a helping hand!
Prepare a Dental Care Travel Kit
Are you traveling this holiday season? Make sure you prepare a dental care travel kit that contains a toothbrush, dental floss, and mouthwash. Even if you’re staying away from home for just one night, you’ll need to have your essentials on hand to practice your oral hygiene routine.
Don’t forget to prioritize your oral health this holiday season. By following the tips outlined above, you can keep your smile in its very best shape while enjoying the time spent with loved ones!
About the Author
Dr. Anushka Amin is passionate about helping patients of all ages achieve their happiest, healthiest smiles. After graduating from the University of Georgia, she earned her dental degree from the Medical College of Georgia. For more ways to protect your oral health during the holidays, visit Dr. Amin’s website or call (678) 607-8757.