When it comes to takingcare of your teeth during the holidays, tempting treats, festive drinks and fun get-togethers arejust some of the things that make the holidays the most awaited season of theyear. Indulging too much in these well-loved traditions, however, may notalways be great for your teeth.
But don’t worry! Keepingyour smile healthy during the holidays doesn’t need to be complicated.
What you simply need is aplan. You need to make a commitment to the basic rules of good oral care:practicing proper dental hygiene and being mindful of your food and drinkchoices.
Why do I need dental care tips for theholidays?
When you’re right in themidst of all the festivities, the last thing you want is a dental emergency (ortoo many trips to the dentist).
Unfortunately, it’s acommon scenario. The demand for dental visits and dental emergency treatmentsspikes during this time of the year. Statistics have also shown that many dentalinjuries occur during the Christmas-New Year weeks.
Watch out for holiday-specific factors that canwreak havoc on your dental health, including:
● Too muchsugary foods and drinks — and not being able to clean your teeth in betweenmealtimes.
● Sticky,chewy holiday treats such as caramels that can do damage to prior dental work.They also tend to cling to the nooks and crannies of the teeth, making themhard to clean and increasing your risk of getting tooth decay.
● Nuts, hardcandies and other holiday snacks that can cause teeth to chip or crack.
● Busy socialschedules, travel and routine changes that affect daily toothbrushing and teethcleaning regimen.
● Holidaystress and anxiety that sometimes trigger teeth-damaging habits such as tooth grindingor nail-biting.
Keeping your teeth in tip-top shape duringthe holidays
Give yourself the gift ofa healthy smile during the holidays and beyond with these practical tips.
1. Snack smartly.
Opting for healthychoices doesn’t mean depriving yourself of the delectable snacks you deserve toenjoy. But keep in mind that there’s more to holiday fare than the usual sweettreats. This is the time to experiment with other treats that are delightfullyyummy and good for your teeth too!
Teeth-Healthy Treats for the Holidays (and Other Ordinary Lovely Days)
Remember, presentation matters. Cut up in attractive shapes and serve on festive plates and platters:
● Charcuterie board featuring a variety of meats, cheeses, olives, mustard and dips (skip the hard nuts!)
● Cheese plate
● Hummus, cottage cheese, sugar-free jams and sugar-free nut butters as dips for pita bread
● Crunchy fruits and veggies such as apples and celery (loaded with vitamins and help clean the teeth!), with dips, as salad, or as is
● Savoury bites such as mini snags, sausage sliders, skewered prawns
● Savoury baked treats such as pies, scones, Vegemite and cheese muffins
2. Drink wisely.
Consume sugary drinks,from sodas to fruit juices to fancy punch, in moderation. Opt for a straw tominimise the chances of the liquid getting in contact with your teeth. Drinkwater alongside your glass of red, as it helps neutralise the enamel-damaging acidsfrom the wine.
3. Equip yourself.
Traveling? Attendingget-togethers left and right? Busy with all the holiday errands? Then create analarm reminding you when it’s time to brush and floss. Also, carry a smalldental care kit with you so you get to stick to your oral care routine — nomatter where your next holiday adventures take you.
Drinkwater — lots of it! It clears up sugar residue, food particles and otherforeign elements in your mouth in between toothbrushes. Alternatively, you canchew sugarless gum as it induces saliva production, which helps in washing awayacids from bacteria-eating sugars.
5. Ease up on the drinking andsmoking (or quit as your resolution for the new year).
These habits areassociated with an array of conditions, from gum disease to gum tissue and boneloss to bad breath. Studies have also shown that the combination of these twoelements increases oral cancer risk by a significant percentage. Alcohol makesthe mouth dehydrated, making its wall cells more permeable to the carcinogensfrom the tobacco.
6. Practice self-care.
Nail-biting and teethgrinding, which can lead to tooth breakage and other dental emergencies, aresome manifestations of unmanaged stress. Holiday stress is quite common, butdon’t wait for the tipping point. Always make space for you to breathe deeplyand relax during the fun, sometimes frantic festivities. Self-care — includingcaring for your mental and dental health — is one of the best gifts you cangive to yourself and your loved ones no matter the season.
7. Pay your dentist a visit.
Did you know that the holidays can be the busiest time ofthe year for most dental clinics? So book your appointment early. In fact, thisshould be your priority. Before all thefestivities start, take the time first to get a thorough checking and cleaningfrom your trusted dental team.
Regular dental visits also allow your dentist to detect any dental issues andsave you from getting a toothache or other dental problems during the season.With a clean bill of dental health, you can spread the holiday cheers with ahealthy and confident smile.
At QVC Dental, our wish is for you and your family to enjoy the holidays without worries.
Give yourself the gift of healthy teeth this year. Speak to our friendly team today.
Good Quality AND Value for Your Money. The cost of your family’s dental care shouldn’t be directly related to the quality of the service that you receive. At QVC Dental Baldivis, we can work within your financial constraints to ensure our services are uniquely tailored to the needs and wants of you and your family.