The holidays are undoubtedly a hectic time of year for us all. Amongst the hustle and bustle of shopping, meal planning, and visiting relatives, it can be all too easy to let your oral health take the back seat. Here at Tikson & Eichenlaub General and Cosmetic Dentistry, we know how difficult it can be to prioritize your teeth during this busy time of year. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of simple “hacks” to help you keep your mouth healthy and happy this holiday season:
- Swap carrots for cookies. Leaving out a treat for Santa is a fun holiday tradition, but leaving a treat for his reindeer can be just as fun—and better for your teeth! Cookies are a combination of starch and sugar. The starch sticks to your teeth while the sugar helps bad bacteria grow in your mouth. Instead, munch on crunchy, raw carrots as your snack. Carrots are high in vitamin A, which is crucial for strengthening your tooth enamel. Grandma’s cookie recipe might just be a recipe for a cavity!
- Leave the nuts to a nutcracker! If you crack nuts with your teeth, you can end up damaging your teeth and gums. You certainly don’t want to spend the holiday in the dentist’s chair! So put those decorative nutcrackers to use and keep your teeth far away from any crunchy shells.
- Stock your stockings with toothbrushes. Oral hygiene products make great gifts for all the members in your family. Get your kids excited about brushing! Choose a toothbrush that plays music or has a popular television character on it for your child. And for the adults in your household, show them you care with a Waterpik® or ADA-approved electric toothbrush.
- Eat your dessert, but do it right after dinner time. It’s the holidays, and you should feel free to indulge a bit. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the occasional goodie without causing long-lasting damage to your teeth. One of the easiest methods is to enjoy your dessert right after mealtime. When you eat a savory meal, your saliva production temporarily increases. This will help cancel out the damaging acids caused by sugar consumption.
- Schedule a post-holiday cleaning. You should be visiting our office twice a year for a cleaning and check-up. If you’re overdue, make sure to schedule a time to come in after the holidays. This will help refresh your mouth after this indulgent season and get you back on track with your biannual cleanings.
From all of us, we wish you a very happy holiday season! If you have any questions or concerns, or if you’d like to book an appointment, give our office a call. Dr. Eichenlaub is currently accepting new patients.