In the midst of the holiday season, there are plenty of reasons patients put their dental health on the backburner. From family traditions to holiday shopping, this festive time of year often distracts us from our usual routines.
Although your dental health might be the last thing on your mind, taking care of your oral health this holiday season doesn’t have to affect your holiday fun. In fact, simply incorporating a few steps into your day can save your teeth from any harm that can occur over the holidays.
Dr. Devang Shah shares the top 6 holiday dental tips for patients here in Johns Creek.
Holiday Dental Tips For Johns Creek Patients
The hustle and bustle of the holidays can easily throw patients off track when it comes to their dental health. If you’ve been slacking on your dental care, don’t sweat it! Simply start including some of the following holiday tips into your day.
Some of the best ways to protect your smile during the holidays include:
- Choose Mouth-Friendly Foods and Drinks
The holidays are synonymous with festive treats and candy but think twice before snacking on cookies and candy canes! These sugar-filled sweets can do serious damage to your smile, especially when consumed in excess.
Of course, we know that avoiding sweets entirely is an unrealistic recommendation for many of our patients. Instead, we encourage our patients to indulge in treats conservatively. It’s important to note that excesses of sugar over a long period of time can spur on problems like gum disease and tooth decay.
If you’re looking for other items to snack on, choose mouth-friendly snacks. like crunchy fruits, veggies, cheese, and other dairy products. These snacks can improve your dental health by encouraging saliva production, neutralizing acids in the mouth, and disrupting the accumulation of plaque on the teeth.
- Limit Sugar Consumption
Going along with our last point, patients should keep track of the amount of sugar they are consuming. According to the Food and Drug Administration, added sugars should not exceed 10% of the total calories consumed.
Consuming too many holiday treats is harmful to your dental health because bacteria in your mouth will feed upon the excess sugar. Bacteria the mouth metabolize sugars and create an acidic substance as a by-product. This acid will then cause enamel erosion, which can continue to worsen and cause tooth decay.
- Stay In Routine
Many patients end up traveling out of town during the holidays. During vacations, it can be pretty difficult to keep up your regular oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing at least twice a day and flossing once per day.
While staying in routine can be difficult during vacation or travel, patients should stay committed to regularly brushing and flossing. Keeping a strict oral hygiene routine will allow you to enjoy your holidays cavity-free.
- Don’t Use Your Teeth As A Tool
In a pinch while wrapping or unwrapping presents? Make sure to steer clear of using your teeth as a tool. The teeth are designed to withstand daily wear and tear from chewing and biting, but placing using your teeth to open packages or any other similar activity can put your teeth at risk for chips or fractures.
If you’ve used your teeth as a tool in the past, you’re already at risk for damage to your teeth. If you continue to use your teeth, the enamel and edges of your teeth can wear down. Patients can end up suffering from chips and fractures after an extended period of time.
- Be Prepared With An Oral Hygiene Kit
Don’t forget to pack all your dental health necessities while traveling! This doesn’t just include your toothbrush and floss. Any tools that you find helpful for your oral hygiene, including a tongue scraper or waterpik.
Being prepared with your hygiene tools will help to stay in routine and remove plaque before it causes problems for your dental health.
- Schedule Your Post-Holiday Checkup
The holidays are a busy time and many patients might not be able to visit the dentist. Instead, we recommend scheduling your next appointment after the holidays are over. Scheduling your post-holiday cleaning and check-up will allow you to address any oral health concerns that have popped up over the holidays and start off 2017 on the right note.
If you have been avoiding the dentist, now is a great time of year to do so. Starting off 2017 with a check-up and cleaning will set you up for a healthy smile throughout the new year.
Contact Dental Smiles At Johns Creek
From all of us here at Dental Smiles at Johns Creek, we wish our patients a wonderful holiday season. Of course, we’d like to stress the importance of proper dental care during this time of year! Committing to your oral hygiene routine and limiting your sugar consumption are just a few steps you can take to ensure that your smile stays healthy through this festive time of year.
If you have any dental concerns at all, don’t hesitate to call our office. We offer a range of dental services including restorative, cosmetic, and family dentistry. To find out more about how Dr. Shah can help your smile, contact our office to schedule your consultation!