The holiday season is full of great-tasting sweets. You have been anticipating many of your favorite holiday foods and desserts, but your teeth are probably dreading the onslaught of all the sticky, sweet foods that come this time of year.

This time of year brings out popcorn balls, candy canes, cookies, and a whole lot of other holiday favorites. Your teeth could be at serious risk during these days, but there are steps you can take to protect your smile.

The holidays can be enjoyed, and your teeth can remain safe from cavities if you follow these dental tips for the holidays.

1. Keep Your Routine

The holidays bring out the best of foods, and they also bring a significant change to your schedule and routine. There are more visits with family and friends. You may have multiple gatherings that go later into the night than you are used to. You may even be traveling to see friends and family.

One important tip during the holidays is not to disrupt your oral hygiene daily routines. You still need to brush your teeth at least two times a day and remember to floss. Keep a toothbrush and small tube of toothpaste with you and freshen up after a serving or meal of holiday favorites.

2. Avoid Dental No-No Foods

While there are many holiday treats you can enjoy, there are some that are especially not teeth-friendly. The candies that are gummy, sugary, chewy, and hard can have great flavors but are hard on your gums and teeth. While it might be hard to say ‘no’ to these treats, you will be doing a great service to the future of your oral health.

3. Drink a Lot of Water

Water provides a lot of benefits. During the holidays, it will provide your teeth and gums with even more benefits than any other time of the year. Water keeps your skin looking fresh, blemish-free, and hydrated. It can also freshen your breath and help with your digestion.

Water can also provide a holiday benefit by preventing you from having to go on a ‘New Year’ diet or make a new resolution after the holidays. The best benefit from water comes from it cleaning away freshly formed bacteria, so you don’t end up with a sore tooth and require emergency dental care.

4. Do Not Use Teeth to Open Presents

Your teeth are great for many things. Teeth help you chew food and enunciate your speech. Teeth do not make good tools. You should never use your teeth to open snack bags, packages or bottles. Over time after using your teeth as tools, the enamel on the surface of your teeth will get weak and lead to them breaking or cracking.

5. Drink Clear or Light-Colored Beverages

If you have invested any amount of time into brightening and whitening your teeth during the year, you don’t want to destroy all that hard work by drinking red wine. Red wine is full of cancer-fighting antioxidants along with a favorite of many- cranberry juice. Both of these beverages can quickly undo all the brightening and whitening efforts you’ve put into your tooth care during the year.

Keep your teeth as white as possible this holiday season, and opt for clear or light-colored beverages. These drinks can be just as tasty without harming the look of your smile.

Where to Learn More Dental Tips

Palm Beach Gardens Dentist has more than twenty years of experience in the Palm Beach Gardens area providing superior dental care. Our full range of dental services are provided with the utmost professional oral care, and we are here to help you keep your smile healthy this holiday season.

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