Staying healthy can seem like a challenge in the season when sweet treats and holiday parties feel like a daily occurrence — especially when it comes to your smile. You don’t want to start 2019 off with a toothache or cavity, so keep some tips in mind to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy throughout the merriest (and sugariest) time of year. We’ve got the top 5 oral health tips for Lititz below!
#1: Rinse Your Mouth Out after Sweet Treats
There is no way to fully avoid the cookies, candies, and cakes that surround you this time of year — and you likely wouldn’t want to abstain, anyway. You can still enjoy your favorites without putting your smile at great risk by rinsing with water after eating. Even better if you can brush your teeth half an hour to an hour later!
#2: Careful with Caramel (and Other Sticky Candies)
While you can feel free to enjoy the majority of your holiday dessert treats, there are some that it would be wise to avoid completely. Extra-hard toffee, nut brittle, caramel apples, and popcorn balls really present too much of a risk for your teeth to be worth it. To avoid experiencing a dental emergency like a broken or chipped tooth, stay away from these altogether.
#3: Brush and Floss Consistently
It’s easy to get out of the routine when you are traveling and staying up later than usual, but your brushing and flossing habits shouldn’t be sacrificed during the busy holiday season. To avoid this risk, make a list when you pack for an overnight trip to ensure that your toothbrush, toothpaste, AND dental floss make the suitcase. And don’t forget to check the list twice to be doubly sure!
#4: Indulge Wisely
There are some snacking hacks that can help you keep your teeth healthier this holiday season. At your next party, head straight for the snack tray and pick up a cube of cheese before you drink wine or snack on anything else. The calcium in the cheese will help to strengthen your tooth enamel, which provides a natural shield for your smile!
#5: Schedule a Checkup and Cleaning
After the holidays are over, it is wise to book a checkup and cleaning with your dentist to make sure that you escaped the season without a cavity or other oral health issue. If you have dental insurance, these appointments are either fully or mostly covered, anyway! Head into 2019 knowing you have a healthy, beautiful smile ready for whatever the New Year throws your way.
Meet the Practice
Mor Smiles provides comprehensive dental care with the expertise of 3 excellent dentists working from the comfort of a state-of-the-art practice. They encourage all patients to book a checkup and cleaning this holiday season — to do so, you are invited to call your dentist in Lititz at (717) 553-1793.