Oral Hygiene Tips for the Holidays from your Kellyville Ridge Dentist
Delicious foods, sweets, and drinks seem to be present at every event.
Furthermore, between presents, parties, and family obligations, it can be difficult to find time to take care of important dental routines, from daily brushing to visiting us at Dental Cube Kellyville Ridge for your check-ups.
The holidays also bring with them an uptick in dental injuries, usually related to the kinds of foods we eat during them.
This is why Dental Cube Kellyville Ridge reminds our patients to feel free to call us over the holidays if they end up with some kind of dental issue.
At Dental Cube Kellyville Ridge, we will do all we can to try to see you on the same days as you discover your dental issue.
With that overview of the holidays complete, Dental Cube Kellyville Ridge would like to share some specific strategies you can use, over the holidays, to get through smiling!
Don’t use your teeth as a tool
The holidays come with deliciously wrapped candies and nuts. Don’t use your teeth to shell nuts or open food containers.
Many of us do this, and we believe it is safe, but just one misplaced bite, it can lead to expensive and painful damage. So, reach for that nutcracker or pair of scissors.
Keep a routine
The holidays can interfere with our schedules, but keeping dental schedules is more important than ever. Obviously, you should still brush at least two times a day and floss at least once.
To be sure that you can, keep a small toothbrush and mini tube of toothpaste somewhere convenient – a purse or briefcase is an ideal place.
Then, you can slip away after eating to freshen up. Also, rinse well with water, or chew sugarless gum after eating, as both practices clean your teeth.
Finally, part of your routine is to get to your dental appointments. Don’t get on the ‘naughty list’ by missing one.
If your regular check-up happens during the holidays, think about it as though you are giving yourself the gift that keeps on giving – dental health.
Sticky is icky
Sticky foods can be quite dangerous to dental work, and they also adhere firmly to the teeth. And some “healthy” foods fit into this category.
Everyone should know to avoid taffies, but many people trust dried fruit as a dentally safe choice.
Many dried fruits, however, are tough and sticky, meaning they are harder to chew and stick to your teeth.
Bacteria feed off of this residue, and this can lead to plaque and decay. If you eat sticky foods, whether healthy or not, be sure to brush about 20 minutes after.
Have an emergency kit
Pack dental floss, gauze, over-the-counter pain relievers, and anything you need for your dental health. Also, keep Dental Cube Kellyville Ridge’s phone number with you, and also have your dental benefits policy number handy.
Limit alcohol intake
‘Tis the season for wassail, glogg, and other festive drinks! But drink carefully, and if you do, drink as much water as you can alongside the alcohol.
Too much alcohol can dehydrate you and dry out your mouth, which stops saliva from protecting your dental health.
Give the gift of dental health
If you’re trying to pick a great gift or stocking stuffer, choose something that supports dental health. Give a fun floss, unusual toothpaste flavour, or new toothbrush.
These gifts may seem a bit ‘serious’ but think about all the good you are doing if you give a loved on an electric toothbrush instead of a box of candies.
Help your friends and family enjoy a healthy 2020!
The holidays should be fun! We’re not saying don’t eat or drink the delicious things you are offered during the holiday season, just be safe and sensible.
Also, eat healthy things like skinless poultry, lean beef, and fish. Choose whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy foods.
For snacks, go for something nutritious like yogurt, cheese, vegetables, or fruit. And if you do indulge, be sure to clean up afterwards with a rinsing, brushing, or sugar-free chewing gum.
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