It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...But Maybe Not for Your Teeth
3 Articles that Tell You How to Maintain a Healthy Mouth During the Sugar-Filled Holidays
The Holiday season is upon us, along with its many traditions. Exchanging presents. Family gatherings. The annual office Christmas party. Singing Christmas carols. Gathering around the holiday feast. It’s that last tradition that I’d like to concentrate on. You can protect your dental health over the holidays while enjoying the rich foods, sweet treats, and indulgent drinks that accompany the festive meal.
It isn’t necessary to miss out on that Christmas cookie or skip that eggnog. But it is good for more than your waistline to make sure that you’re not eating too much; it’s also good for your teeth. Everything in moderation, right? Along with not over indulging and making sure that you brush and floss, we’ve collected some information and articles to help keep your teeth happy amidst the holiday feasting:
Even though it may seem obvious to point out ways to prevent cavities, still it's worth restating. This article reminds us of the easy steps anybody can do to take care of our teeth during the holidays and beyond. https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/plaque-causes#2
In case the articles on sugar and alcohol consumption isn’t enough to convince you to take care of your teeth this holiday season, here are some facts about how your oral health reflects your overall health, best practices for brushing, etc. https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-your-teeth#3
The dentists at Restorative and Aesthetic Dental Associates in Portland, Maine discuss the effects of alcohol consumption and cigarette smoke on your teeth. While the holiday they’re referring to in this article is St. Patrick’s Day, their wise words are applicable no matter the time of year. They also offer some tips on how to maintain a happy, healthy mouth. http://www.dentistswholisten.com/blog/2014/03/11/how-alcohol-and-cigarettes-affect-your-teeth/
The take away: It’s definitely okay to indulge in your favorite treats this Christmas. Just make sure to give your mouth some loving care to make sure that your mouth loves you back--with good oral health that is.
In case you need something a bit more fun, here is George Strait’s rendition of “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”