It’s that time of year where sleigh-bells are ringing, children are singing, and the last thing we tend to think about is our oral health. I mean, we’re pretty sure no one is sitting on Santa’s lap and asking for peppermint floss for Christmas. So why worry about our oral health? It is only a few months out of the year, right?
Well, that is where we can get ourselves into a bit of trouble. Many people think of the mouth as an isolated part of the body, but it is anything but that! Oral health affects the entire body, since the mouth is actually a part of the immune system.
So, while we want to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season, we also wanted to put together some tips you can incorporate to keep your teeth, gums, and body healthy over the next few months and even into the new year.
1. Keep Your Twice a Day Routine
The Holidays can make your schedule crazy, but brushing and flossing your teeth at least two times a day is a must. This is even more crucial if you plan on indulging in some of the wonderful Holiday treats. A simple brushing to remove sugar from your teeth (with or without toothpaste) will go a long way.
Extra Tip: Always keep a toothbrush and floss in your car or purse. That way you can clean your pearly whites while you are out and about enjoying the Holiday season.
2. Have Fruit on Hand
It is inevitable that sugary desserts will be around every corner you turn; there is no avoiding them. While you can certainly partake here and there, we recommend always having a piece of organic fruit on hand. That way, when Grandma’s fresh out of the oven snickerdoodles are calling your name ONCE AGAIN, you’ll be ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with a healthier option.
3. Drink Plenty of Water Daily
Water has so many benefits, especially during the holidays when you are out and about more than ever. One of water’s best perks is that it can clean away freshly formed bacteria with every sip. Plus, water can freshen your breath, aid in digestion, and help with elimination. As a bonus, water can fill you up so you don’t over indulge in the endless goodies.
Extra Tip: Always bring a refillable water bottle with you in the car and take advantage of refilling it whenever possible.
4. Eat More Healthy Fats
What?! Eat more fat??? It is finally time to put aside your fat-phobia because healthy fats are essential to healthy teeth and even overall health. We recommend choosing healthy fats such as olive oil, avocados, and fatty fish like salmon. It is a good idea to work with your dentist or a dietitian if you aren’t sure how to incorporate healthy fats into your diet.
5. Don’t Crack Nuts with Your Teeth
Although it can be a cool party trick, testing the strength of your teeth by shelling nuts is always a bad idea. The hard surface of most nutshells can cause serious tooth and gum damage. Believe us, as we see it every year!
6. Schedule Your Post-Holiday Checkup & Cleaning Now
This isn't your first Holiday Season, so you already know you’re going to be busy. You probably also realize that, despite all your best intentions and chalkboard notes, there will be times you’ll forget all 6 of these tips. That’s just life. The good news is that you can schedule your post-holiday cleaning and check-up now. So, the moment the Holidays are over, you can make sure your teeth and gums get back on track for the start of the new year.