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Holiday season is a time to kick back, relax and have some fun. With Christmas just around the corner, the excitement is high in the air and everyone is geared to enjoy the festivities. Christmas means attending social or family gatherings, and indulgence in sweet treats, alcohol, and party foods. While we cannot stop ourselves from munching our favorite foods during Christmas, sugary foods as well as alcohol can impact our teeth, turning all the fun into misery. To avoid this, you need to be extra cautious about your oral health.
Here are 5 tips to look after your teeth during Christmas and avoid any festive blues.
Keep a Check on Intake of Sweets
Mince pies, Christmas pudding and cakes may seem tempting, but they contain a high amount of sugar and tend to stick to your teeth. Gorging only on them will lead to damage to your teeth.
We’re not saying completely avoid Christmas sweets. Rather, balance your diet with healthy food, such as veggies, fresh fruits and cheese.
Stick to Routine
You may think that Christmas is the best time to ditch your oral hygiene. After all the fun, you may just want to get to bed and snooze. But cavities won’t delay in causing damage to your dental health. Hence, remember to keep up with your routine of brushing twice a day. After all, it just takes a few minutes!
Say Yes to Cheese & Turkey
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Cheese is good for your teeth as it helps to return your mouth to its natural acidic balance, preventing tooth decay. Choose cheese to snack on after the main meal or with drinks. Turkey is another great option for holiday food as it contains phosphorous and protein that helps fight tooth decay.
Don’t Use Your Teeth as a Tool
Your teeth are meant for chewing food and not as a bottle or packet opener. Opening bottles and packages with your teeth is not a good idea! You may end up with a chipped tooth or you may actually pull out the whole tooth, which will be painful. You surely do not wish to spend your holidays in pain!
Balance is the Key
Balance is the key to ensuring fun without compromising on your favorite food and drinks. Load your plate with veggies and fresh fruits apart from sweet treats. Quench your thirst with water to stay hydrated. Water also helps in washing sugar off your teeth. If not plain water, add lemon or mint to it. Keep a check on your intake of alcohol, soda and sugary drinks.
These tips will help you look after your teeth during Christmas. Ensure a fun-filled holiday by balancing your diet during festivities or parties. Ensure your teeth are healthy by consulting a dentist after the holidays. To avoid suffering teeth problems, it is essential to go for regular dental check-ups.