The Christmas holiday is full of tempting sweets and treats, from candy canes to sugary eggnog. We’re not saying don’t indulge; but our dentists suggest you follow some Christmas dental tips to prevent tooth decay.
1. Offer Alternatives to Sweet Treats
By all means, serve the gingerbread and sugar cookies, but mix it up with healthier alternatives like a veggie tray. Crunchy vegetables like carrots and celery help stimulate saliva flow from the excess chewing. This helps remove some sugar buildup from the teeth and gums.
2. Limit Sugary Drinks
Eggnog is a holiday favorite; it’s also loaded with sugar. It isn’t all bad, though. Egg nog is made from milk, which is fortified with teeth-remineralizing calcium. Go ahead and enjoy the time-honored beverage, but instead of a whole cup, just use about ¼ to ½ cup and fill the rest with regular milk, unsweetened soy milk, or even plain H2O. The same goes for all other sugary drinks.
Holiday beverages may also contain teeth-staining dye. Our cosmetic dentists recommend limiting drinks that utilize artificial colors.
3. Watch Your Stress Levels
The holiday season brings joy to some, but it’s also a cause of stress for others. Stress causes bruxism in some people. The condition leads to tight clenching of the teeth, which can lead to mandibular problems and crooked or cracked teeth that will need to be corrected by a family dentist.
Too much anxiety has also been linked to periodontal disease; this has been scientifically verified in this study.
Cap Off the Holiday With a Dental Visit
Schedule an appointment with Kenmore Dental before or after the holidays to ensure your oral health is in check. At home, be sure to follow our dental tips for Christmas to avoid preventable wear and tear on your molars.
Complement the Holidays With a Dental Checkup
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Edited by Justin Vorhees