Christmas is right around the corner and with Christmas comes a lot of yummy foods and drinks. While we all want to enjoy these things, it’s also a good idea to take extra good care of your oral health these holidays. In order to take care of your teeth, gums, and mouth this Christmas season, follow these tips and you will end this season as well as you started it.
1. Take note of how many sugary foods you are eating. While no one expects you to stay away from mom’s famous rum cake or Aunt Betsy’s yummy Christmas cake, it should be noted that these foods and other sweet dishes do have a lot of sugar in them. Just be sure to floss and brush after eating sweet food items this holiday season.
2. Keep up with your routine! Even on Christmas day when it’s time to open presents, it’s important to remember to brush and floss your teeth before opening gifts. Sure, the kids might make a fuss, but it will definitely be worth it in the long run.
3. You can eat good foods this season and still take care of your teeth. Food like cranberries and cheese are actually good for your teeth, in moderation! But, cranberries can also contain a lot of acid which can eat away at your teeth as well. Cheese has also been proven to return your mouth back to its natural acidic balanced self – which helps with preventing tooth decay.
4. Use your teeth for what they are meant for–chewing and smiling! Using your teeth for opening bottles or opening packages is never a good idea. Not only can you chip your teeth this way, but you can actually pull whole teeth out right by the root, which will hurt! So, if you need to open a bottle; use a bottle opener.
5. Moderation is everything. It doesn’t matter if it’s during Christmas or other food oriented holidays like Halloween or any other time. Moderation in what you eat and drink can have a good effect on your teeth and gums along with routinely brushing.