dental care holidays

Tips for caring for your teeth during holidays

Holidays scream celebrations! That means favorite foods, chocolates, desserts, wine, and a tonne of fun with family and friends! 

While the entire country gets filled with the spirit of celebrations, this is also the time when most dental emergencies happen. In addition, our holiday spirit can also contribute to lax oral hygiene, which can give rise to dental ailments. So, what can you do to ensure you can enjoy and pay attention to your dental health? 

Keeping distance from carbonated drinks 

Celebrations need energy, and most of us might take to energy drinks or soft drinks to boost our energy. However, the high sugar content combined with the high acidity of these drinks can be disastrous for your teeth. Instead, stick to fluoridated water and fresh fruits to keep your energy levels up. 

Time your desserts! 

Holidays are incomplete with desserts! We don’t expect you to pass on desserts but only to moderate their consumption and timing. Ensure you are eating chocolates, cakes, or gummies in moderation and consume desserts at meal time, followed by rinsing. 

Maintain your oral hygiene 

Maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine is vital for good oral health. Use fluoridated toothpaste and a soft-bristled nylon toothbrush to clean your teeth. Fluoride will strengthen your teeth against bacterial attacks, thus preventing dental cavities and gum diseases. Make sure you don’t skip flossing, as all those holiday foods can make their way between your teeth. Rinse your mouth after every meal. Furthermore, don’t forget to clean your teeth. 

Lastly, make sure you and your family celebrate in a safe environment. A lot of dental emergencies like broken or knocked out teeth tend to happen, especially with children during holidays. So make sure you watch your little ones when they are out playing. 

If you have any more questions or wish to schedule a dental appointment at Southern Delaware Dental Specialists, please reach out to us. Our team of excellent dental professionals is here to assist you and your family this holiday season.