November 18, 2020
The most wonderful time of the year has arrived! Holiday shopping is now on your radar, you’ve been breaking out your favorite sweaters, and finding your favorite recipes from the family cookbook. Unfortunately, this time of year really isn’t all that great for your smile. The good news is that a dentist is here to help by sharing some useful tips for you to maintain your oral health throughout the winter months, even with all the delicious holiday foods!
Maintain Excellent Oral Hygiene
Just because your days aren’t looking exactly like they are the rest of the year doesn’t mean that it’s okay to put off your oral hygiene routine. You should continue brushing twice and flossing at least once each day. Rinsing with a mouthwash containing fluoride is also a great step to add. If you’re traveling, don’t forget to bring everything you need to keep your smile in good shape, like your toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss.
As mouthwatering as that can of cola or glass of red wine looks, they aren’t the best choice for your smile. You must drink plenty of water in order to keep up excellent oral health. This is because water washes away food particles and prevents you from developing dry mouth. If you are really itching for a soda, try sparkling water. If you are looking for an adult beverage to have with your meal, choose something less acidic, like a gin and tonic.
Cut Out the Sugar
There are all sorts of sweet holiday foods around during this time of year and they are difficult to resist. The issue is that your teeth will pay the price if you have too many of them. Try to limit the amount of these foods you have each day. Try to find healthier options to satisfy your sweet tooth like fresh fruit, yogurt, or sugar-free gum. When you decide that it’s time for an occasional sugary treat, clean your teeth thoroughly afterwards.
Not all holiday foods are bad for your teeth. Many of them have numerous benefits for your teeth, so make sure you save plenty of room on your dinner plate for them. Dish up plenty of turkey because it contains phosphorus and protein. Both of which are necessary for you to maintains strong teeth. Vegetables like broccoli and carrots are great as well because they are high in vitamin A which strengthens your enamel.
Your Teeth Are Not Tools
Remember that your teeth are meant for chewing food, not for opening up packaging or cracking open bottles. Be sure that you are using the proper tools for stubborn tasks – not your teeth!
This is the time of year we have all been looking forward to, but you certainly don’t want to hear the bad news that you’re in need of a filling. By using the tips above, you can start the new year cavity-free!
About the Author
Dr. C. J. Landry earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans and has well over 30 years of experience practicing in the field. He has completed thousands of hours of continuing education to keep his knowledge and skills sharp. For more tips on keeping your smile healthy or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Landry at his practice in Marrero, visit his website or call (504) 348-0080.
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