The holidays are approaching, and if you want to enjoy Christmas cookies, cake, eggnog, and other sugary treats without worrying about your oral health, you’re in the right place. In this guide, Cornerstone Dentistry will discuss a few ways you can eat your favorite Christmas foods and still maintain a healthy smile!
Maintaining your oral hygiene routine is important, even when you’re traveling for the holidays. Make sure you brush at least twice a day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste, and consider brushing three times for additional protection against cavities.
You also need to floss at least once each day. Flossing is essential because it removes food particles that can’t be brushed away, so don’t neglect this step.
It’s a good idea to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash after each meal. This gets rid of quite a few food particles, which helps keep your mouth healthy. Drinking a large glass of water after each meal is also a good alternative if you can’t rinse your mouth.
Constant snacking on sugary treats leads to a higher buildup of sugar in your mouth, resulting in an increased risk of tooth decay. Try to eat sugary foods only a few times per day, and avoid constant snacking.
Eating sugary Christmas treats after meals is a good idea, as you will be full and less likely to overindulge, and your saliva production will be stimulated by your meal.
Many people drink more beer, wine, or liquor while celebrating during the holidays. However, you should try to drink in moderation. Alcohol, and sugary alcoholic drinks like cocktails and eggnog, in particular, can be major contributing factors to tooth decay.
Do your best to drink plenty of water throughout the holiday season. Staying hydrated helps keep you maintain saliva production, which is your first line of defense for rinsing away sugar and food particles, and preventing cavities.
If your teeth are stained or discolored, teeth whitening in Covington from Cornerstone Dentistry is a great way to eliminate unsightly stains and restore your teeth. With teeth whitening, you can eliminate stains caused by aging, consuming coffee, wine, and tea, and much more.
So if you want a picture-perfect smile for this year’s Christmas photos, don’t wait. With convenient take-home teeth whitening kits from Dr. Keleigh Lascari, it’s never been easier to get professional results in the comfort of your own home.
Whether you want a routine teeth cleaning and oral exam to make sure your mouth is healthy after the holidays, or you are interested in restoring your smile with cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, the team at Cornerstone Dentistry is here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at (985) 869-8020 to schedule an appointment right away.