The holiday season is nearly synonymous with delicious food and overindulgence. It is the time of the year where we often enjoy extra helpings of our favourite dishes and toast our happiness with family and friends. However, this time of merriment often distracts us from overall health. By ignoring our regular dental routine during the holidays, we might experience problems in the new year. Here is a list of tips to protect teeth and gums while enjoying the season:
- Manage the urge to eat sugary and starchy foods. Carbohydrates can break down into sugar and have devastating effects on dental health. Limit your consumption of desserts and treats; drink water to rinse sugars from your mouth.
- Drink responsibly and be aware of alcohol consumption. The acidic content of cocktails and sodas can erode tooth enamel. These drinks can also cause dehydration and reduce saliva production. (Saliva helps neutralise the effects of acid and sugar in the mouth.)
- When frequently attending parties during the month of December, choose healthful snacks like vegetables, fruits, and nuts. If you have a crown or other sensitive dental work, it may be wise to avoid sticky candies which can chip, crack, or otherwise damage teeth and require an emergency visit to the dentist.
Enjoy the holidays while being mindful of your oral health. Make smart food and drink choices for your regular meals. Lean meats, whole grains, vegetables, fish, and water can provide energy during the busy season. Be smart; celebrate in moderation and arrange to have a designated driver or call a taxi.
Make time to visit the dentist for a checkup or teeth whitening. Start the new year with healthy teeth and gums; call Ohana Dental Clinic at (905) 697-3440 to book a consultation or send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. We provide comprehensive and high-quality dental care for the whole family.