December 17, 2018
The month of December goes hand in hand with a few things in particular, like candy canes, frosted sugar cookies, and other delicious and sweet treats. You want to enjoy these indulgences as much as possible without winding up with a toothache in January — and your dentist in Beaumont wants you to avoid cavities and other oral health hazards, too! Below, you will find 5 tips to help you do just that. Follow them and start 2019 off with a clean, healthy, and beautiful smile.
#1: Rinse With Water
It would be impossible to completely avoid all the sweet snacks and goodies that pop up around the holidays — so you need to do what you can to limit the effects of sugar. Rinsing your mouth out with water is a great way to do that! After you eat a sugar cookie or anything else that packs a whopping dose of sugar, simply swish H2O around to remove any lingering particles or bacteria from your teeth. Even better if you can brush your teeth.
#2: Stay In a Routine
You’ll probably be traveling more this time of year, which can make it difficult to remember to brush and floss as usual. To help keep you in the habit, make a list before you pack your overnight bag — and be sure to check it twice for a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and any other special dental health items you may need (like a retainer, mouthwash, etc.).
#3: Skip Crunchy, Sticky, and Hard Treats
You want to indulge some around the holidays, but there are some treats that you just need to stay away from altogether. These are the ones that are especially likely to leave you with a toothache or damaged dental work — like toffee, candied apples, and anything else that is very hard, sticky, or crunchy.
#4: Cut Out Other Sugar Sources
This one may benefit your waistline, too: when you know you’re going to be presented with a holiday treat later in the day, choose to forgo a dose of sugar that you would regularly consume. Maybe take your coffee without sweetener or eat plain oatmeal instead of a morning muffin. These seemingly small individual choices can make a big difference all put together!
#5: Visit the Dentist
And finally, just in case, you may want to schedule an appointment with your dentist either in December or after the holiday madness has passed. If you have dental insurance, you should be able to have a checkup and cleaning fully paid for or at least 80% covered!
The holiday season can be stressful for your smile health, but it doesn’t have to be! Follow these tips and feel great knowing you’re protecting your teeth and gums for a healthy and prosperous 2019.
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