Keeping Your Teeth Clean During the Holidays.

This time of the year, seems to be where our health starts to fade as we start to think about all of the eating and presents that’s right around the corner, but it’s important that we fight against this urge to be unhealthy as much as possible.

Beyond our wasteline, the thing that probably gets hurt the most this time of the year is our teeth and oral hygene. The following is a list of things to consider when eating this time of the year.

The Candies

It’s important to know which candies are good for your teeth and which aren’t. You can easily ask your local dentist, but sugary products seem to be the main culprit here. It’s often better to stay away from less sugary sweets and those that do not make contact with your teeth. If you feel like you need a candy or sweet, stick with something such as a peppermint or mints.

The Food

You’re probably going to be eating a lot of food this time of the year from the numerous parties to the employee luncheons. It’s best if you stay away from all sugary sweets if possible, this also includes coffees and soft drinks which are filled with sugar.

Ask for a glass of water at your next meal instead, as it’s much healthier than most of your drink options. Aso stay away from starches and food that gets stuck in your mouth such as potato chips. These can get stuck in your mouth and often bring with them harmful bacteria. If you’re craving a snack stick to fruit as they are usually high in water content which helps clean teeth and gums.

Brushing your teeth

The most important thing to remember when it comes to oral activity for the holidays is to remember to brush your teeth. We know that this time of the year you will often find yourself staying up late but that’s not an excuse to forget about oral hygiene. If you plan on traveling during this time of the year remember to pick up a travel sized toothpaste and some toothbrush covers.

Hopefully these few tips will get both you and your teeth healthy throughout the holidays.

About Rebecca Schmorr

Rebecca Schmorr is a Raleigh based North Carolina dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, and 6-month braces.  For more information about her and her dentistry please visit GlenwoodSmiles.

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