‘Tis the season to be jolly and what better way to show it than with a beautiful smile? With all the family gatherings, holiday dinners and delicious (or not) fruitcakes, there’s sure to be plenty of holiday goodies that aren’t so great for your teeth. We’ve put together a list of 5 dental care tips to keep your teeth sparkling this Christmas season.
Remember to brush
It’s always important to brush your teeth, but it’s especially crucial during the Christmas season. Dentists recommend brushing for at least two minutes after you eat and taking extra care to clean out any particles stuck between the teeth.
Avoid holiday treats
It may be hard to avoid temptation when you’re surrounded by gumdrops and candy canes but you’ll be doing your teeth a huge favor by staying far, far away from sugary treats, carbonated soda and wine. Dentists claim these foods and drinks have tons of acid which promote the formation of plaque on your teeth. If you do indulge, make sure you rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth if possible.
Drinking lots of water can be very beneficial to your mouth. This is because it will flush away any bacteria or food that may have accumulated.
Don’t open presents with your teeth
The excitement of opening a gift can inspire some people to go a little crazy and use their teeth to rip open the paper. It’s hilarious, sure, but it’s also an easy route to chipped and broken teeth making your Christmas a little less jolly and a lot more bah humbug.
If you follow these Christmas dental care tips, you’ll be doing your part to stay healthy this holiday season and keep your smile bright into the New Year. If you’re in need of a dental care check up, book an appointment with Smiles of Bellevue and Eastside Smiles today.