Don’t let the holidays be a pain in your..mouth!

With only six days left until Christmas, the holiday season is in full swing! While you might be busy traveling to visit family and friends or staying local to celebrate, it is very important to not forget about your oral hygiene during this season. To help you, we have a few tips to help you enjoy the holidays without neglecting your oral health!

1. Clothes, shoes, socks..dental kit! 

If you are traveling for this Holiday season, make sure to add the following to your list of items to pack: a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash. Going on vacation does not mean taking a vacation on important daily oral hygiene. It is still pertinent to brush at least twice and floss daily (even after meals and snacks). After all, you would not want that small piece of food stuck between the crevices of your teeth for pictures. If you need to comply with TSA’s 3-1-1 rule  for carry-ons, you can find toothpaste, floss and mouthwash in travel sizes at your local pharmacy.

2.Don’t be a stranger to water!

During the holidays, especially during social gatherings and dinner, it is very easy to grab the glass of wine or soda and forget the glass of water. If you are planning to consume foods that are high in acid (such as some fruits) and drinks (wine, soda), it is recommended that you wait for at least 30 minutes prior to brushing in your teeth. Brushing too soon can cause enamel erosion. Instead, it is recommended that you rinse with water promptly. It is also beneficial to the body if you drink enough water throughout the festivities to keep your body hydrated and minimize dry mouth.

3.Be kind to your loved ones and gentle to your teeth.

While it is tempting to bite into your favorite holiday treats that are hard such as caramel popcorn balls, peanut brittle, toffee and candy canes, it is important to be gentle to your teeth. It is recommended that you minimize consuming these treats often due to the fact that they could damage previous dental work such as fillings and crowns or even crack a natural tooth. Instead, enjoy the softer treats such as chocolates, pie, cookies, brownies, etc. Regardless of whether the treat is hard or soft, you must remember to also brush your teeth after sugary food consumption to minimize the risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.

We hope that you keep these tips in mind when celebrating the holidays. In case of an emergency during the holidays, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

The entire Implant & Periodontal Therapy team wish you all of the best this Holiday season!