It’s not always easy to stay healthy during the holidays, especially when we are surrounded with delicious food at parties and celebrations! But, before you go biting into that piece pie or candied yam, take a look at these 5 holiday dental tips we suggest for keeping your teeth healthy:
1. Timing is key
Foods with sugar (desserts, candy, sweets) are better eaten during mealtime or shortly after. Saliva is produced in your mouth during a meal and it helps rinse away any excess particles on your teeth.
2. Choose foods that are good for your teeth
The holidays are all about decadent desserts, savory dishes and much more! It’s okay to let yourself splurge a bit but be sure to choose some foods that can help balance it out. Crunchy fruits and veggies such as carrots and whole grains are a good choice. Also, wash everything down with a nice glass of water!
3. Stick to your daily dental routine
Make it a point to schedule time in your day to continue your daily routine of twice brushing, flossing and using a mouth rinse if you can. This helps cut back on extra tartar and plaque build up and keeps your gums healthy.
4. Drink lots of water
One of the many benefits of drinking water is the ability it has to wash away newly formed bacteria from teeth. On top of that, it also keeps you hydrated, freshens breath and aids in digestion, and also keeps skin looking blemish free.
5. Schedule your post-holiday dental exam now!
We all know how busy it gets, especially right after the holidays when we are catching up from time off from work and school. Make sure to schedule your dental cleaning and exam to ensure a healthy, clean mouth for the new year and to clean away any excess tartar and plaque build up from the holidays.
Call the Affinity Dental staff at 480-882-2300 to schedule your post-holiday dental cleaning and exam! We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!