Christmas and New Year’s Eve close out December, which means the 2016 holiday season is almost over! We discussed how to keep your teeth clean and healthy during Halloween and Thanksgiving, and now we focus on this last round of holiday dinners and parties. You and your teeth have made it this far this year, and we are here to help you through these last hurdles!
- Do not fill stockings with candy. In recent months, your teeth already endured Halloween candy and Thanksgiving desserts. Since you will likely have more desserts at holiday dinners/parties, then try avoiding loading your family’s stockings up with candy bars and other sweets. Gift cards and gift certificates are perfect for stockings.
- When not at home, take travel dental care. Many of us travel for holiday dinners. Often, it is many hours before we return home and get a chance to clean our teeth. Make sure you take a small bag with you that contains your floss, toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash. This way you can clean your teeth quickly after eating and don’t give any food and drink time to stick to and harm your teeth.
- For snacks, stick with cheese and vegetables. Many holiday parties serve alcoholic beverages. If you drink any of them, be sure to eat cheese in between sips. Not only does cheese counteract the acidity in alcoholic drinks, but cheese has calcium that is excellent for your dental health. Vegetables are also perfect snacks for their healthiness, especially those high in vitamin A. Vitamin A strengthens tooth enamel, and some of the vegetables high in this vitamin are sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, and broccoli.