The holiday season is fast approaching with many distractions that might keep you from maintaining good oral health. Luckily, following a few tips can help ensure that your mouth stays in tip-top shape throughout the holidays!
Up your oral care routine
First and foremost, stick to your daily oral care routine. Then, to make sure you’re on the “Nice” list, increase brushing and flossing to after every meal. You’re likely enjoying more appetizers, courses, and desserts than any other time of year, so you need to increase your oral care accordingly. If you can’t attend to your teeth right after eating, try chewing a piece of sugarless gum until you can brush and floss.
Pick and choose your foods wisely
Sure, appetizers and sugar-plum desserts are the norm at the holidays, but that doesn’t mean you need to indulge in them during every party. As always, limit sweets and enamel-damaging beverages like coffee and alcohol as much as possible.
Stuff those stockings
Candy canes may seem like a perfect stocking-stuffer, but sugary treats are not dentist-approved! Instead, stuff those stockings with cool toothbrushes, flavored dental floss, and sugar-free goodies for beautiful smiles!
Watch for the daily grind
Dentists know that holiday stress and excitement can cause bruxism, or teeth grinding. Bruxism can lead to tooth damage, headaches, and mouth pain. Keep stress to a minimum and see your dentist for a mouth guard to wear at night before the start of the fun and hectic holiday season!
column by WILLIAM NERESTANT, DDS
Word of Mouth is sponsored by Midtown Dental.
BIO: Dr. William Nerestant received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Detroit/Mercy School of Dentistry in Michigan. After serving and being recognized for his meritorious service in the Air Force as an officer in the Dental Corps, he currently serves patients at Midtown Dental in Lakeland. For more information, visit www.mymidtowndental.com or call (863) 226-0987.