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5 Tips for Protecting Your Teeth During the Holidays

December 12, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — riverplace @ 4:08 pm
family showing good oral health in Portland during the holidays

The holiday season is that magical time of year for gift-giving and spending time with loved ones. During the festivities, you’ll likely enjoy Christmas music along with chowing down on all your favorite staple meals. While your belly may be thoroughly satisfied, you might want to keep your oral health in mind to avoid future complications with your smile. Read on to learn five essential tips for keeping your teeth safe during the holidays!

Be Cautious with Candy Canes

Although candy canes are one of the hallmarks of the festive season, they contain high amounts of sugar. And everyone knows that sugary treats can wreak havoc on a person’s oral health. Not only do candy canes increase the risk of decay and cavities, but one wrong bite can result in a chipped or cracked tooth. To avoid these situations, be sure to eat them carefully (in moderation) and brush your teeth afterward.

Bring a Dental Care Travel Kit

If you’re traveling for the holidays, consider bringing a travel-sized dental hygiene kit with all your essential products. This way you’ll be able to stay on track with your cleaning routine even when you aren’t home. Your kit should include a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and mini-mouthwash.

Keep a Well-Balanced Diet

Other than delicious sweets and starchy meals, you’ll want to fill your plate with healthier foods to keep your pearly whites strong and healthy. These can include broccoli and carrots, which are great sources of vitamin A that strengthens tooth enamel. Turkey and other lean meats contain phosphorous and protein that can also benefit your smile in the long run.

Avoid Using Your Teeth as Tools

Using your teeth as tools may seem convenient, but this can result in serious complications and costly treatments. The last thing you’d want is to sustain an injury to your teeth or soft oral tissues that will require emergency dental care during the festivities. That’s why, if you need to open a package, make sure to have the appropriate tools nearby.

Visit Your Dentist for Checkups & Cleanings

One of the best ways to ensure your teeth are safe and strong is to visit your dentist for checkups and cleanings every six months. They can monitor your oral health and address any developing problems before they can worsen. They will even provide you with a personalized treatment plan to help you preserve your smile during the holidays and beyond.  

You don’t have to put your teeth at risk during the festive season. Keep these few tips in mind, and you’ll be able to enjoy your time while maintaining great oral health!

About the Author

Dr. Megan McInnis earned her dental doctorate from the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry. She’s also a proud member of several prominent organizations like the American Dental Association and the Oregon Dental Association. She provides a wide range of advanced and comprehensive services, including dental checkups/cleanings, periodontal therapy, and fillings. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, visit her website or call 503-761-1414.

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