You might worry about your finances or your waistline during the holiday season, but the last thing that you probably think about is your teeth. However, to maintain good general oral health, it is important to take good care of your teeth all year long. Luckily, following these tips when attending holiday parties can help you maintain good oral health, so you’ll have one less thing to worry about this holiday season.
Go Sugar-Free This Holiday Season
First of all, you probably already know that sugar is horrible for your teeth. Although it’s not a big deal when you eat it in moderation, it can be difficult to keep your sweets-eating down to moderate levels when attending holiday parties.
One idea is to try munching on sugar-free desserts whenever they are available. When baking your own holiday goods, try making them sugar-free as well. There are a lot of a lot of good sugar substitutes out there, so you and your loved ones might not be able to tell the difference, even if you are bringing your snacks to a party. Since sugar substitutes aren’t as bad for your teeth as regular sugar, this can be a good way to preserve your teeth.
Hit the Snack Tray
At your next holiday party, make a beeline for the snack tray. Munching on cheese before you drink wine or other potentially-staining beverages can actually be a good thing; the cheese can leave a slightly waxy coating on your teeth and can help prevent staining from occurring in the first place.
Also, munching on baby carrots or slices of celery in-between other snacks is a good idea; along with helping to keep your appetite under control to prevent you from binge-eating, it can also help to clean your teeth and stimulate saliva production, which will help cleanse your mouth out when you’re eating things that could be bad for your teeth.
Rinse Your Mouth Out Regularly
Make it a habit to slip away to the restroom to rinse your mouth out regularly, such as after having a glass of wine or after your meal. Believe it or not, plain water can work wonders at washing away sugar and other things that can get stuck on or in-between your teeth. This is a good way to prevent staining and to freshen up your breath at the same time.
In fact, it is also a good idea to prepare yourself a glass of water along with whatever else you might be drinking, such as punch or wine. Sipping water along with alcoholic beverages is smart because it can help prevent you from overindulging and can help you stay hydrated, but it’s also good for your teeth. Then, you’ll be rinsing away any staining beverages as you go, which can help keep your teeth pretty and white.
Schedule a Cleaning
Once the holidays have settled down a little bit, it’s a good idea to see your dentist. Then, you can have your teeth cleaned, and you can even ask for a whitening treatment to help you come back from the holiday punches, wine, cranberries and other staining foods and drinks that you’ve enjoyed throughout the season. This will also be a good opportunity for your dentist to check for cavities or other issues that you need to be aware of.
Holiday parties aren’t known for being healthy, but it is entirely possible to keep your teeth nice and healthy during the holiday season, no matter how many parties you’re attending. If you contact us at Countryside Dental Group, we can schedule an appointment for your cleaning and check-up.