The festive season is almost upon us, and while it’s a time for celebration and relaxation, it’s also essential that you don’t forget about your oral health. In light of this, we have put together our top tips for taking care of your oral health throughout the holidays and into the new year. Read on to find out how to make sure your teeth and gums are protected during the festive season, a time when sugar and sweets are in abundance.
Don’t Neglect Your Routine
You may have some time off work and enjoy a well-deserved break from your regular daily routines, but when it comes to your oral health, we musn’t get complacement and ensure we are stickicking to a healthy regime. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing at least once a day. If you’re going to be out and about a lot, keep a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste in your handbag so that you can keep your smile clean on your travels or day trips to see your friends or relatives. It’s also helpful to keep a stash of sugar-free gum handy so that you can freshen up after meals and snacks when you’re not at home.
Be Gentle On Your Teeth
Try not to use your teeth for anything other than eating — that means biting on ribbon, shelling nuts or something even more extreme like pulling the cork out of a wine bottle! Trust us, accidents happen and we have seen it all at Coolangatta Dental Group. Being caraeless with your teeth, biting and chewing on other hard objects can cause your teeth to chip and break. Ice, for example, is a common culprit when it comes to damaging teeth and dental restorations like fillings. Try to avoid using your teeth to open Christmas packaging as well — this habit puts you at risk of chipping or cracking a tooth.
Go Easy On The Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough!
It’s completely understandable to want to indulge in sweet treats and sugary alcoholic beverages during the holidays, but just try to make sure that you don’t overdo it. Try and avoid constant snacking — the more time your teeth are exposed to sugar, the higher the risk of tooth decay. Rather than eating sugary snacks throughout the day, enjoy a single dessert as part of a meal, and brush your teeth afterwards. Try and avoid overeating hard lollies, as these tend to stay in the mouth for long periods. It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep hydrated and to flush away food debris.
One of the most damaging habits for oral health is regularly sipping on carbonated soft drinks. These drinks tend to be both sugary and acidic (even sugar-free versions have high levels of acidity) and can erode the enamel over time. Try to limit your soft drink or alcohol consumption and opt for water or milk instead.
Similarly, snacking on sugary foods frequently throughout the day can also cause harm to your teeth. Every time you eat something sugary, the bacteria in your mouth digest these sugars and contribute to the build-up of decay-causing plaque. If you enjoy a sweet treat every now and then, it’s a good idea to rinse your mouth with water afterwards.
Be Ready For A Routine Professional Clean Straight After The Holidays!
If you’re taking a break from work and other responsibilities over the festive season, be sure to prioritise any dental appointments that you have scheduled over the holidays. But, if that is not an option, ensure you get to your dentist in January for a professional clean and check up, particularly if you have gone a little crazy over Christmas. Don’t ignore oral health issues or put off check-ups when the new year kicks off— see your dentist as planned and the kick 2023 off organised and fresh! Needless to say, regular dental check-ups and cleans are essential for a healthy smile and can go a long way in keeping your teeth and gums healthy and preventing the need for complex dental work in the future.