Are you so excited to spend the holidays with your family that you can hardly stand it? Most adults feel like kids again, come Christmas time, thanks to the lights, the presents, and the general sense of pure merriment. But sometimes all that joy can end up leading to dental trouble. That’s because the festivities can sometimes cause people to neglect their normal dental hygiene routine, or to make poor dietary choices, both of which can lead to oral health issues. Prevent future problems by brushing your teeth twice daily, and making smart decisions during this festive season. That way you can enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile all through the new year and beyond!
What Can You Do to Keep Your Smile Healthy?
Holiday parties and get-togethers with friends and family often lead to a poor diet. Luckily, maintaining proper nutrition is relatively simple, even during the festivities.
- Start by eating well-balanced meals when at-home, and if you’re heading to a dessert only party, be sure to eat beforehand. This can help limit temptation, and keep you from overindulging on sugary treats.
- Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, too. Not only does this keep your body hydrated, it’s also a great way to prevent plaque buildup. Since plaque can lead to cavities and gum disease, it’s important to prevent it, and keeping hydrated is a great preventive measure!
Though long days traveling can leave you feeling too tired to brush your teeth, be sure to do so anyways. Daily brushing and flossing are some of the best ways to avoid dental issues, and they shouldn’t be overlooked.
- If you’re overdue for a dental checkup, the start of a new year is a great time to schedule an appointment. Checkups are key preventive care, as the dentist can clean your teeth and also treat any dental problems while they’re still in an early stage of development, making them much easier to correct.