It’s Christmas time again—time for family gatherings, office parties and late night drinks with friends. It’s that time of year where the best china dishes are brought out and piled high with culinary masterpieces, grandma’s family recipes, and, of course, the most delectable cakes and sweets that are both indulgences to our eyes and our palates—the same sugary sweets that are likewise feasts to oral bacteria that cause tooth decay!
So, this holiday season, amidst all the banquets and parties, do not forget to maintain good oral hygiene to avoid nuances of toothaches and other oral diseases from dampening your holiday festivities.
Pack that Dental Kit!
During this time when eating with friends and family seems to be the favorite national pastime, it is important to keep your dental kit handy at all times. Apart from the basic toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash, dentists now recognize the benefit of chewing dental health gums containing xylitol right after meals. It helps recover the healthy pH level of saliva, discouraging the development of tooth decay. As they say, after eating something naughty, chew something nice!
It is important to note, however, that brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste is still vital and a sure “must” as soon as possible after indulging on those holiday meals. Dental health gums are supplements to maintaining good oral hygiene, not replacements to basic practices.
Choose your cocktails!
Yes, even your party drinks contribute to the level of your tooth decay risk. Sweet cocktails and drinks have substantial sugar content that have the same effects as your sweet cakes and pastries.
You can order a club soda with lime during social gatherings instead of your sugar-rich colas. And, as far as alcoholic beverages are concerned, a better choice would be dry red or white wine instead of a piňa colada, mojito and daiquiri.
Keep your dentist’s emergency contact details on hand. You can never tell when you will need urgent oral care during the holidays, for a broken dental crown or a displaced tooth filling.
Keep to your schedule!
Don’t delay dental treatments due to the holiday season. If you are due for any dental procedures or even just a simple teeth cleaning, stick to your schedule. Postponing such treatments can cause further damage or increase risks of more serious oral health dangers that will most likely cause more trouble, pain and discomfort after the holiday fever wanes.
Follow these simple reminders for maintaining good oral health and there will be no need to fret while you enjoy the holiday parties.
Remember, a good, healthy set of teeth and gums are very important during this season—to keep your pearly whites bright and sparkling and for those snapshots and, of course, to ensure 100% enjoyment of the holiday feasts!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!