It is officially December meaning it is time celebrate the holidays whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza. Spending time with family and loved ones is a special experience for everyone involved, although it can lead to some bad habits. Holiday meals sometimes consist of foods that are detrimental to your oral health, and your dental care habits may decrease. Luckily, there a few simple ways to maintain your dental health this holiday season.
Stick To Your Routine
One of the most difficult aspects of the holidays is continuing your dental care routine. You are seeing family members and are wrapped up in activities that may cause you to miss brushing your teeth. Although, it is critical that you remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day especially if your sugar intake is increasing over the holiday. It is wise to keep travel size toothbrush and toothpaste on you so you can brush after a meal.
Limit Your Alcohol Intake
If you are of age, it is perfectly fine to indulge in one or two alcoholic beverages when you are with your family over the holidays. However, you should be cautious because many drinks contain high amounts of sugar which can lead to cavities. It is essential that you have a glass of water with each of your alcoholic beverages to wash out all of the sugar. Drinking too many alcoholic beverages can dry out your mouth leading to a variety of oral health issues. So it is critical to stay hydrated during the holidays especially if you are indulging in alcohol.
Avoid Hard Candy
You should limit your candy intake over the holidays, especially hard candies because they can lead to you chip or break a tooth. The last thing you want is going to the dentist because you bit down on a Jolly Rancher. You should also be aware of eating nuts because they can cause you to chip a tooth as well.
Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care
Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth or have a wisdom tooth extracted Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and commitment to comfort, safety and relaxation you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.