The holiday season is here, and we want to wish you a happy holiday season. No matter what you celebrate at this time of year – be it a traditional Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule or Festivus – we want you to enjoy your family and friends at this important time of year.
To help keep your smile bright and healthy during the season, here are 12 days of holiday dental tips.
- Be careful of candy canes. Hard candy is tasty and readily available at the holidays, but it can crack your teeth if you bite down wrong.
- Steer clear of soda. If you want something bubbly, try fizzy water instead. If you must drink soda, use a straw to keep most of the acid off your teeth.
- Watch the wine. If you like a nice red, be mindful of how this can stain your teeth. White wine is less of a risk to your white smile.
- Talk turkey. One holiday food that’s great for your teeth is turkey.
- Stock your stockings. Consider eliminating candy from stockings or stick to one sweet item and a cool, new toothbrush.
- Veg on veggies. Skip the trays of Christmas cookies and fill your plate with veggies instead.
- Chomp on cheese. Choose cheese to snack with if you’re drinking alcoholic drinks at parties.
- Sing carols while you clean. If you hum a few verses of your favorite holiday song while you brush, you’ll brush long enough to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums.
- Don’t use your teeth as a tool. The holidays come with packages to open, tape to apply to presents and loads of other things that you may be tempted to break open or cut with your teeth. Don’t do it!
- Fill up on fruit. Instead of piling on sugary desserts at your holiday meal, turn to fruit instead.
- Forego the grazing. Grazing all day can put your teeth at greater risk for decay. So only put out food at mealtimes and then put it away.
- Make the holiday more meaningful. To take the focus off of food, set up activities like board and card games, craft projects or holiday movie marathons.
Thank you for trusting us with your dental heal care.
We hope you have a safe, happy and healthy holiday
season and we can’t wait to see your bright smile in 2020!
P.S. Our office will be closed the last week of December so that our staff can enjoy time with their families.