The holiday season has arrived, which for many people means cheerful decorations and celebrations with loved ones. With so much hope, joy, and peace in the air, sometimes we forget about more mundane matters like our teeth. If you’re not careful, all the extra meals and sweet treats could result in cavities or gum disease. Fortunately, these are preventable with the right care. Keep reading to learn 4 tips to keep your pearly whites sparkling into the new year!
Tip #1: Carol as You Clean
Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day are the best ways to keep them in tip-top shape. They’ll be in better condition and therefore less likely to have problems. For your oral care regimen to be effective, you should brush for at least two minutes each session, which can be challenging if you’re in a hurry. Try humming through a few verses of your favorite holiday song while you scrub your teeth to help ensure they’re getting the thorough cleaning they deserve.
Tip #2: Be Cautious of Candy Canes
Whether you love the minty flavor or simply make a tradition of hanging them on your tree, be careful when it comes to candy canes. Hard candies are particularly harmful to your teeth for a couple of reasons. They can break or chip your teeth if you bite into them, so you might try letting it dissolve, instead. This unfortunately exposes your teeth to sugar for longer periods which attracts harmful bacteria that can cause tooth decay. The best way to keep your mouth happy is to avoid these festive favorites.
Tip #3: Enjoy a Variety of Veggies
One great way to prevent dental issues this time of year is to make better food choices. Instead of chowing down on a plate full of sugar cookies, try filling up on colorful veggies, instead. Instead of leaving behind starchy particles that attract harmful microbes, they fill your body with ingredients that support your oral well-being. Leafy greens often contain high levels of calcium for stronger teeth, and broccoli and carrots contain vitamin A which supports your enamel. Your pearly whites and waistline will both appreciate the effort.
Tip #4: Dodge Dark Drinks
The holidays wouldn’t be completed without sharing a glass of wine with friends or sipping coffee or tea as you chat over dessert. Unfortunately, these beverages all contain tannins which are the ingredients known to darken your teeth. Not only that, but they’re usually highly acidic and can wear down the protective enamel. That means indulging too much or too frequently will have your grin looking drab while increasing the likelihood of cavities. If you do imbibe, follow it up with a glass of water to rinse and rehydrate.
With a few simple precautions, you can keep your teeth healthy all winter long so you don’t end up in the dentist’s chair!
About the Author
Dr. Tommy Murph has more than 25 years of experience enhancing patients’ quality of life by improving their oral health. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, and then his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. With cutting-edge technology, you’re sure to receive the most comfortable and efficient treatments. His practice also offers Saturday hours so that a busy schedule doesn’t hinder your dental well-being. You’re welcome to request an appointment on the website or by calling (843) 488-4357.