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Holiday Dental Tips
Posted on 12/15/2015

Holiday Dental Tips

The holiday season is almost here, and with this time of year comes some changes in our diets. We understand that the holidays are a time of indulgence, but as your Columbia, MD family dentist, we want to ensure that you and you family don’t forget about good oral hygiene, so you can come out the other end of the holidays with a bright and healthy smile. Here are some quick tips of keeping your smile in good shape through the holidays.

Eat Candy Slowly

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 While hard candy, such as candy canes and peppermints are in demand during the holidays, they have the ability to chip your teeth. We highly recommend avoiding biting down on hard candies, and instead, letting them dissolve in your mouth. We also recommend brushing your teeth thoroughly after consuming candy, due to candy’s high sugar content. If you don’t, all of that sugar can quickly turn into plaque and acid that can damage your teeth!

Be Wary Of Wine

Wine is a favorite during the holidays, and red wine is an obvious culprit of staining teeth.  However, white wine can be just as dangerous, since it still has a bit of pigment in it that can slowly stain your teeth. While a common recommendation is to not sip at a glass of wine so it spends less time against your teeth, we don’t expect you to gulp it down and not enjoy it either.  Just be conscious of what your putting on your teeth and make sure you give them a good brushing after you finish your glass. Avoid Sugary Drinks
This is just a general rule for taking care of your teeth, but sugar can make a big appearance around the holidays.  The most common ones are soda of course, but a lot of juices have a lotof sugar added to them as well.  Also, holiday coffee drinks like a peppermint mocha or anything else similar that emerge around the holiday season have a lot of sugary syrup or flavoring, which can do just as much damage as a soda.  If you can’t avoid them completely, a middle ground is using a straw, since it can help those drinks pass by your teeth. 

Eat More Of The Right Food

Fortunately, some common holiday treats are actually good for your teeth. These include:
  • Turkey
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Nuts
  • Veggies

Feel free to indulge in these foods, as each one of them poses some benefit to your oral health.

Take Care Of Your Teeth

Taking care of your teeth is something you should always do. A common issue in the holiday season is using your teeth as a tool, meaning opening those hard to open packages when you get a present. Just take the time to grab a pair of scissors instead of risking a chip or damage to your teeth.

Contact Your Columbia, MD Family Dentist!

If you encounter any dental issues this holiday season, give Columbia Family Dentist a call! We are equipped for any sort of dental emergency, and will make you feel right at home in our office! Contact us to ensure that your smile is looking bright and healthy this holiday season. We look forward to keeping your smile healthy!