The holidays are almost here, and with these festivities come the feasts!
You might find yourself eating more sweets and snacking than you usually do — or changing your healthy dental habits to enjoy multiple celebrations.
However, even changes that only last through the holiday season are enough to do damage to your pearly whites.
It’s important to take some steps to help protect your smile and ensure a healthy holiday season.
Here are some tips gifted to you by our team of ‘tooth fairies’ at Main Beach Dental to ensure your smile stays in tip-top condition.
#1 Beware of the buffet
It can be tempting to graze all day during the holiday season – delicious food is all around us. Eating all day puts our teeth at more risk of decay as it leaves food for bacteria in our mouth for a long time and eventually leads to pain.
If you find yourself snacking, choose tooth-friendly options, such as raw veggies or cheese.
#2 Don’t brush after bubbly
Sparkling wine is sugary and acidic, which is twice as harmful to your tooth enamel – if you’re enjoying a glass, make sure you wait at least an hour before brushing to minimise the damage. The same thing applies to all acidic foods and beverages.
#3 Keep drinking water
You need lots of energy for the holiday activities, but avoid drinking sodas, sports drinks, and juices with plenty of sugar. Drink water with fluoride to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
#4 Choose dark chocolate over sticky toffee
Banning sweets may be unrealistic during the holidays, but you can minimise the risk to your teeth by avoiding hard candies that may crack teeth or candies and toffees that stick in your mouth for a longer time.
#5 Watch your wine glass
Remember that red can stain your teeth. White wine is less of a risk to your white smile. If you do drink red, drink it with food to keep it from staining your teeth. Be sure to brush well if you indulge in reds, and pair them with teeth-friendly foods like vegetables and cheese.
#6 Don’t forget your regular routine
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can upset your schedule, but it’s important to stick to your daily oral health routine no matter how hard it is. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and don’t forget to floss after every meal.
#7 Schedule a dental check-up appointment
Maintain regular preventative oral care during the holidays and all throughout the whole year, so take the time to schedule an appointment with your Main Beach dentist.
Wait… here’s more!
Choose toys instead of treats
Instead of giving your children a bag filled with sugary treats, swap it for a countdown full of fun family games, jokes, or puzzles.
Carol as you clean
Most people don’t brush for two minutes each time, but if you hum a few verses of your favourite Christmas songs while you clean your teeth, you’ll likely hit the target.
Don’t cut tape with teeth
Teeth are for eating and eating only. Don’t be tempted to crack nuts, tear tape or open tight bottle tops with them. We don’t want any emergencies over the holidays!
Take more turkey
Turkey is one of the healthy festive foods for our teeth – the protein contains phosphorous, which strengthens your teeth and bones. Go ahead, tuck in!
Pack your toothbrush
Going on a holiday getaway? Don’t forget to pack your essentials – toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, and any current treatments (e.g. Invisalign trays).
Need More Dental Tips? Visit Your Main Beach Dentist Today!
At Main Beach Dental, we want you and your loved ones to be safe and maintain good dental health during the holiday season and beyond the New Year.
If you have any concerns or would like to book your next dental appointment, please get in touch with us today.