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5 Ways to Protect Your Smile During the Holiday Season

December 2, 2021
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Posted By: Dr. Nargiz I. Zadeh, DMD

Holidays are the busiest time of the year filled with family parties, travelling, and lots of eating. In fact, it’s interesting to note that on average, the amount of sugar you eat can almost double between Halloween and New Year’s Eve. With all of the unhealthy eating set to take place, let’s review some ways you can continue protecting your smile so you don’t find yourself with an urgent dental problem needing an emergency dentist.

  1. Hydrate
    Water is one of the best ways to protect your teeth during the holiday season. We all know that water is great for your body, so it’s understandable that it also helps protect your teeth. It’s good practice to always drink water both before and after your meal, regardless of where you are. Sugary desserts and all other sticky carbohydrates will adhere to your teeth surfaces for long periods of time. Meanwhile, hard candies are constantly bathing your teeth in sugar as they dissolve in your mouth. By drinking water after you’ve eaten anything, you’re able to rinse away the food particles and dilute the sugary, acidic saliva.

 

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  1. Monitor Alcohol Consumption
    During the holiday season, it’s common to partake in some festive drinking, whether it’s a hot toddy a glass of champagne. Just remember that alcohol does damage your teeth, especially when it’s mixed with other drinks. Alcohol causes dry mouth and simultaneously makes your saliva more acidic, which is a recipe for cavity formation. To help combat these effects, you should drink a glass of water after every alcoholic beverage you’ve consumed if you’re planning on drinking more than one drink. Also, avoid brushing your teeth until at least 30 minutes after your last drink; alcohol makes your saliva acidic making toothbrushing more abrasive on the teeth. Lastly, try to limit mixed drinks that contain lots of sugary and acidic additions such as juices, sodas, or sweet creams. Every drink adds up, and each time you take a sip you’re bathing your teeth in sugars and acidic beverages.

 

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  1. Eat More Vegetables
    It goes without saying that you should try to fill up on more vegetables to offset all the unhealthy foods you might eat. Vitamin B helps promote a healthy mouth and is found in green salads (leafy lettuce, kale, spinach).  Celery, carrots, and other crunchy veggies are full of water and help to scrub your teeth after you eat any sticky carbs like cookies or chips. Carrots also contain a lot of vitamin C, calcium, and keratins that all offer additional dental benefits, such as strengthening the enamel outer surface of the teeth.

 

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  1. Be Careful with Hard Foods
    One of the most common dental problems we see around the holidays is teeth cracking and breaking, which comes as no surprise with all the hard holiday treats and boney meats we end up eating. Being careful with how you eat anything hard and limiting the amounts of hard foods altogether can go a long way in preventing this problem. For example, if you bite on something hard and notice any sensation on one of your teeth, whether it’s a sharp fleeting discomfort or pain, you should stay away from chewing anything hard on that tooth until you can see your dentist in Woodland Hills. Additionally, if you wear a bite guard, make sure you’re wearing it regularly. Teeth grinding can increase with travel and consuming excessive alcohol.

 

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  1. Continue Your Dental Routine
    Lastly, don’t forget your routine flossing and brushing, because it’s always tempting to fall out of your daily ritual when you’re up late and/or traveling.  Make sure you are packing travel sizes of all your dental cleaning necessities when on the road. It might even be a good idea to brush and floss a little earlier if you’re having a late night, so you don’t leave it for when you’re too tired. Lastly, don’t forget to make sure you’re up-to-date with your regular hygiene visit with your dentist before you have to leave town. Early detection and treatment of small problems can prevent you from scrambling with a dental emergency while out of town. Should something happen, make sure to contact our office immediately, even if you’re out of town so we can guide you on the best course of action.

 

These are only some of the tips and tricks you can follow during the holiday season to protect your smile. Be sure to follow these and have a safe and happy holiday season. We hope to see you during this time, but if not, we’ll see you in the new year.  

 

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