- On September 27, 2017
The holidays are filled with family, friends, and food; it’s the perfect time of year to pull out that dessert recipe that’s been passed down for generations! But while your stomach might enjoy all the cookies and treats you’ll be eating this season, all that sugar can wreak havoc on your teeth. It’s important to be aware of what you’re eating, so you don’t start your new year by getting a filling! Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the holiday season and ensure your teeth stay cavity-free.
Despite all the big meals you’ll be having, it’s likely you’ll still want to grab a snack or two throughout the day. If you’re really craving something, try to choose nutritious foods that won’t get stuck in your teeth. When you’re done, consider chewing some sugar-free gum. This will increase the production of saliva in your mouth and help wash out food and food-related acids.
Eat a Balanced Meal
When you do eventually eat all those sweets, try to do so at the same time you eat other, less damaging foods. Similar to gum, eating other foods helps produce saliva that prevents sticky sugars from hanging around. For the same reason, drink water instead of sodas or juices. Most water has fluoride in it, which helps prevent cavities.
Stick to Your Routine
If you’re visiting family cross-country or having everyone come to your place, it might be difficult to stick to your normal brushing schedule. However, it’s imperative you keep up with brushing and your usual dental health routine. You don’t want all that extra sugar to build up!
What’s important when brushing your teeth is not how hard you scrub, but that you use the proper technique and do a thorough job.
- Brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums, gently using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
- Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
- Use the tip of the brush head to clean the inside front teeth.
- Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
Most dentists recommend you brush for two to three minutes at a time. If you didn’t have good brushing habits before, now is the time to start!
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