With Christmas just a few weeks away, everyone is excited to get the festivities underway. Yummy foods and rich drinks, such as cakes and champagne, will no doubt make their way into people’s holiday diets. While Christmas is a time to let loose and indulge one’s self, Craig J. Healy, DDS (along with other dentists) would like people to spare a thought for their teeth.
The over-consumption of rich, decadent foods over the holiday season can make it a terrible time for your teeth, after all. This makes it more important than any other time of the year, perhaps, to be vigilant about maintaining your oral health.
Limit Sugar Consumption
While there is nothing wrong with drinking wine or munching on sweets, it’s important to limit sugar consumption this season. Too much sugar in the mouth can cause plaque to build up, which lead to cavities and other oral health problems.
Include cheese on the menu of your Christmas feast, as it restores the mouth’s natural acid balance. Furthermore, the consumption of cheese also decreases the development of tooth decay. So, after enjoying some sweets, snack on some cheese. It will help keep the tooth decay away.
Continue to Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Just because it’s Christmas, it doesn’t mean you should give your oral care routine a holiday as well. Don’t forget to brush and floss after consuming food items loaded with sugar. You’ll be reaping the benefits of your holiday oral hygiene vigilance soon enough.
Use a Bottle Opener
You may know people who have used their teeth to open a bottle of beer at some point in their life. No matter how cool it looked, remember that using your teeth to open bottles is never a good idea. You risk not only chipping your pearly whites, but also yanking your tooth out right by the root. So, if you need to open a bottle, use a bottle opener!
When enjoying the coming holiday, don’t feel bad about indulging this year. Just be mindful of what types of food you enjoy, so that your teeth don’t have to pay for it in the future.