Christmas is a time for gathering with family and friends and enjoying good food and drinks. It can be easy to get out of the habit of taking care of your teeth, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Keeping your preventative dental care routine going is essential for surviving the holidays with all the goodies you’re sure to consume. Here are a few things to keep in mind and take action on to ensure your teeth are in good shape after the Christmas season.
- Keep Your Good Habits
The key to good dental preventative care is being consistent. If you normally brush your teeth after every meal, keep the routine going during Christmas. It only takes a few minutes to brush and floss after you eat at a gathering, so you won’t miss a lot. The most important thing to remember is your teeth need you now more than ever because you will likely be eating many more treats than usual.
- Don’t Overindulge
Speaking of those treats, try not to eat anything and everything this holiday season. Even if you keep your dental routine going, the added sugar from the extra treats won’t sit well with your teeth. Restricting your food intake will help you keep off some pounds and also keep your teeth healthy at the same time.
- Use a Knife, Not Your Teeth
Finally, Christmas is great because of the gift exchanges. However, some boxes are taped up or have fasteners on the packaging that require a tool to open. Don’t use your teeth as the tool! You definitely don’t want to ruin a joyous occasion by making an emergency trip to your preventative dentistry office. It’s not as hard as you think to crack or chip a tooth, especially when you try to open a bottle, rip some tape or do other similar actions with your teeth.
The Christmas season is known for creating bad dental habits thanks to the food and fellowship. Don’t fall into the trap, but if you do, just know you can contact us at any time for your preventative dentistry needs.