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