The holiday season is upon us, which for most means we are busy shopping for the perfect gift, or attending parties with family and friends. However, even with the hustle and bustle of the season, don’t let the holidays wreck your oral hygiene. Not only do we all want nice, bright smiles, but oral hygiene is a cornerstone for overall health and well-being.
Why should you care about your oral hygiene?
Bad oral health can lead to serious health issues, such as cardiovascular disease, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis and even cancer.
Here are Dr. Urban’s top 12 tips:
- Limit the Soda – Not only is it high in sugar, but the acid can also cause tooth decay. Choose carbonated water if you need some fizz, or if you must drink soda, use a straw to keep most of the acid off your teeth.
- Watch the wine – Tis the season for indulging, but red wine can stain your teeth. Choose a white or pair your red with food to offset the staining
- Pass on the peppermint – We all love candy canes, however hard candy can cause cracks if you bite into them wrong! You might want to pick softer candy, just remember to brush well after eating sugary treats!
- Opt for the veggie tray – Load up on veggies this season! Celery can even naturally clean your teeth. Foods like carrots, broccoli, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes are also high in vitamin A, which is what forms tooth enamel
- Use Scissors – It may tempting to use your teeth to open up a package, or peel the tape back, but resist the urge! Have your scissors handy and save yourself a broken tooth.
- Want some cheese with your wine? Cheese can help balance the ph of your mouth and limit the acid your teeth are exposed to while drinking wine.
- Keep fruit on hand – It seems there is baked sweets everywhere you turn this time of year. Keep fresh fruit on hand to help satisfy your sweet tooth instead.
- Give the gift of oral hygiene – Give a cool new toothbrush for stocking stuffers instead of candy and sugary treats.
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate – Even when it’s cold outside, we need to remember to drink water. Not only can water help with your overall health, it washes away leftover food and residue that cavity-causing bacteria are looking for. Water also dilutes the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth.
- Pass on the Ham – Go for the turkey this season, not only does it have less sugar than the honey-glazed ham, but it’s a great source of protein and phosphorus – both of which can help your body fight tooth decay and keep your teeth healthy
- Jingle all the way – It’s recommended you spend 2 minutes brushing your teeth, make it merrier while humming your favorite Christmas carol.
- RELAX – yes this doesn’t have to do with your teeth, but for overall well-being. Take time and enjoy this time of year, be present in the moment.
We hope these tips help remind you that your dental health is important, and making small choices can help keep your teeth and gums healthy for years to come!
Everyone at Urban Dentistry wishes you and your families a very happy and safe holiday season. We appreciate you choosing our practice for your dental needs.