7 Oral Health Tips for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us! With that comes plenty of opportunities for food, fun, and festivities. While taking care of your teeth may not be your biggest priority, your dental hygiene is still as important as ever. That’s why we’re sharing a few simple oral health tips to remember:

  • Limit how many sugary treats you enjoy.

There are many opportunities for candies and sweets this time of year. Unfortunately, exposing your teeth to that much sugar can increase your risk for tooth infection, cavities, and other oral health issues. So cut down on the sugar, or at least, make sure you rinse out your mouth after enjoying a treat.

  • Don’t use your teeth as tools.

It may seem harmless, but avoid using your teeth to open a bottle or package. Doing so can crack, chip, or even dislodge a tooth as a result. Instead, keep scissors or bottle openers nearby to resist the temptation.

  • Sip water throughout the day.

Drinking water is a must this time of year. It helps wash away food particles, acids, and bacteria in your mouth and keeps your teeth healthy.

  • Snack on healthy foods.

Not all holiday foods are bad for you! As you scope out the treats available to you, don’t hesitate to pile on cheeses, raw vegetables, and any fruits. Even pumpkin pie can be good for your teeth as long as you don’t top it off with a lot of whipped cream.

  • Keep up with your oral health routine.

With all the busyness, make sure you brush twice a day and floss at least once. If you travel, don’t forget to pack your toothbrush, floss, and other oral hygiene equipment. Maintaining these habits will ensure you finish off the holiday season with a healthy smile.

  • Wear an oral appliance if you grind your teeth.

If you are stressed during the holidays, you might be grinding your teeth. This habit can crack or chip a tooth and cause jaw pain. We can create a custom oral appliance that will act as a barrier between your teeth to prevent this kind of damage. 

  • Schedule a post-holiday checkup.

Once the holiday season is over, make sure you schedule a dental checkup with us. We can professionally clean your teeth and examine your mouth for any underlying issues. It’s also a great time to discuss your smile goals for 2022 too!

We hope these oral health tips have made it easier for you to protect your smile. However you celebrate the holidays, we hope you have a wonderful time.

Call Charlotte Dentistry at 704-285-0846 to schedule your appointment in Charlotte, NC.