Protect Your Teeth and Gums During the Holidays

The foods, desserts, and treats of the holiday season are an ongoing temptation for most of us. Whether or not you are inclined to give in to these temptations, it is important to protect your teeth and gums during the holidays. Here are a few quick reminders to help you stay on track. Christmas Cake - pixabay cco free - -1390424 640

ü  Don’t crack nuts with your teeth

ü  Don’t open packages or bottles with your teeth

ü  Don’t bite your nails

ü  Don’t chew ice cubes

ü  Avoid chewy treats (they tend to stick to your teeth and leave sugar behind)

ü  Avoid chewing hard candy (prevent chipped or broken teeth) – including candy canes

ü  Limit your holiday treats

ü  Maintain your dental hygiene

ü  Keep dental appointments

ü  Limit alcohol intake

ü  Limit starchy foods (they stick to and between teeth)

ü  Try to eat sweets either with or immediately after a meal (eating produces saliva, which moderates acid and bacteria)

ü  Drink plenty of water

ü  Eat cheese (contains cavity-fighting agents that preserve tooth enamel and kill bacteria)

ü  Avoid soda

ü  Eat fruits like apples, strawberries, and kiwi, which wash away food particles and bacteria

ü  Eat vegetables like carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and cucumbers (removes food particles that can become plaque)

ü  If your breath needs sweetening, try chewing fresh herbs like parsley, mint, and cilantro

ü  Turkey is good for your teeth

ü  COVID-19 and the Holidays create stress. Many people grind their teeth when under stress

ü  Try to protect your mouth when playing games or sports. If it is convenient, use your mouthguard

 

Also remember that toothbrushes, toothbrush heads, toothpaste, dental floss, and picks make great stocking stuffers.

 

You can protect your teeth and gums while enjoying the flavors of the season. Happy holidays.