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Tips for a Sparkling Smile this Holiday Season

A sparkling smile can make your holiday season even brighter. For many of us the holiday season is the best time of the year; parties, events, and fresh homemade baked goods abound. To get your smile ready for holiday events and the smorgasbord of goodies, Sharp Dentistry & Associates offers tips for a healthy mouth (despite all the delicious homemade fudge dropped off to the office).

Maintain Regular Oral Hygiene:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after meals.
  • Use a fluoride-free toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush.
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

Floss Daily:

  • Flossing helps remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth and along the gumline.
  • Make it a daily habit to keep your teeth and gums healthy.


  • Consider using a naturalalcohol-free mouthwash to help kill bacteria and strengthen tooth enamel.
  • Mouthwash can also provide fresh breath.

Stay Hydrated:

  • Drinking water helps rinse away food particles and bacteria, promoting oral health and preventing bad breath.

Limit Sugary and Acidic Foods:

  • During the holidays, it’s common to consume sweets and acidic beverages. Limit your intake of these items, as they can contribute to tooth decay and enamel erosion.

Chew Sugar-Free Gum:

  • Chewing sugar-free gum can stimulate saliva production, which helps neutralize acids and cleanse the mouth.

Dental Checkup:

  • Schedule a dental checkup and cleaning before the holiday season to address any potential issues and ensure your teeth are in great shape.

Teeth Whitening:

  • If you’re interested in a whiter smile, consult your dentist about professional teeth whitening options.

Avoid Smoking and Excessive Alcohol:

  • Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can stain your teeth and harm your oral health. Try to limit or avoid these habits.

Use a Straw:

  • When consuming dark or acidic beverages, such as coffee or wine, use a straw to minimize contact with your teeth.

Protect Your Teeth:

  • If you’re engaging in sports or physical activities, use a mouthguard to protect your teeth from injury.

Manage Stress:

  • Stress can lead to teeth grinding (bruxism), which can damage your teeth. Practice stress-relief techniques to prevent this.

Moderate Alcohol Consumption:

  • If you enjoy alcoholic beverages during the holidays, do so in moderation, as excessive alcohol can lead to dry mouth and tooth decay.

Schedule Professional Cleaning:

  • After the holiday season, make sure to schedule a follow-up dental cleaning to remove any plaque and tartar buildup.

Healthy Snacking:

  • If you’re snacking, opt for healthy choices like fruits and vegetables, which are less likely to cause tooth decay.

Remember that a sparkling smile is not just about aesthetics; it’s a reflection of your oral health. By following these tips and maintaining good oral hygiene, you can enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile during the holiday season and beyond. When it comes to efficiency of your time and proficiency of cosmetic dentistry techniques, Sharp Dentistry & Associates is the right choice for your teeth.

To schedule a consultation for a complete check-up for the holidays call us 305-857-0990.