Holiday Dental Health Tips

The holidays are here and most of us are excited about the celebrations and festivities. The holidays mean reuniting family and friends and eating your favorite holiday treats. Yes, the holiday is not complete without the excellent selection of food you only get to eat during this time of the year such as lots of desserts and sweets! And the last thing that you would want to experience while being in a holiday cheer is to wake up with a toothache. 

The good news is you can still enjoy all the seasonal sweets and still be able to steer clear of a toothache and other dental problems this holiday. For holiday dental health tips, here are some tips you should follow:

  • Avoid overdoing it
    The holidays are the time for candy canes, gingerbread cookies and everything that is sweet. However, this nonstop eating of sweets is a sure way to damage your teeth. You don’t have to stay away from these holiday treats. The key here is to eat in moderation. Turkey is a good source of phosphorus and protein which helps your body combat tooth decay and gum problems.

 

  • Brush your teeth regularly
    With so much going on during the holidays, it’s easy to lose track of things and forget the common thing to do which is brushing your teeth. It’s always great to have fun with your family and relatives or catch up with your childhood friends with a movie marathon, however, keep your oral care routine and brush your teeth at least twice a day. Don’t forget to brush your teeth or use mouthwash whenever you have red wine, coffee, or any teeth-staining beverages.

 

  • Drink water
    Water will not just hydrate and energize yourself this holiday season, but it also helps wash away the sugars and stains from the beverages and foods that you consume. Better yet, instead of sodas, drink water with fluoride since it boosts the health of your teeth.

 

  • Protect yourself
    Your friends might suddenly decide to play ice hockey or any seasonal games. Go, have fun with your friends. But make sure to protect yourself too. Wear a mouthguard every time you play sports.

If you do experience pain from a toothache, be sure to see your dentist. Sina Malekuti, DDS offers same-day appointments and emergency walk-ins in Springfield, VA. (703) 451-3211



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