Tips To Help Keep Your Teeth Healthy During The Holiday Season

During the holiday season, many people indulge in treats that they may not otherwise eat, get out of their routine, or drink drinks that may not normally partake in. All of this can spell trouble for your teeth. Here are a few tips on how you can help to keep your teeth healthy during the holiday season. 

Minimize the Chewy Treats You Indulge In

During the holiday season, you may indulge in chewy treats, such as caramel and taffy. Unfortunately, these treats can stick to your teeth and promote tooth decay. While you do not have to cut out these treats, you should minimize the frequency in which you consume them for the sake of your teeth. 

Drink Water After Drinking Alcohol, Soda or Coffee

During the holiday season, you may also find yourself drinking items that may stain your teeth more frequently than you normally do. You may drink wine at parties or soda and coffee to help you stay awake. After you sip on these drinks, drink a cup of water. This will help to rinse the drink from the enamel of your teeth, helping to minimize the likelihood of stains developing. When you cannot brush your teeth right away, water is a great resource. 

Do Not Crack Nuts With Your Teeth

One of the most common mistakes that is made during the holiday season is people attempting to crack open nuts with their teeth. In addition to this, people may use their teeth to rip open packages. Always use the right tools, like a nut cracker or scissors, to open nuts and packages. This helps to prevent you from cracking your teeth. 

Be Sure to Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day

The last tip for keeping your teeth healthy during the holiday season is to be sure you brush your teeth twice per day. During the holiday season, life gets busy and you may get out of your routine. After running around all day shopping or attending a late night party, you may want to climb into bed. But do not neglect your teeth. Continue to floss and brush your teeth regularly. 

These tips will help you to keep your teeth as healthy as possible during the holiday season. However, if you do notice any pain or discomfort, be sure to contact a dentist as soon as possible. Be aware that many dentists do have shorter hours or reduced days during the holiday season, so let them know as quickly as possible so they can work to fit you in.