Now that the holiday season has officially begun, your calendar may be filling up, quickly, with a dizzying combination of work parties and family gatherings. You may also be doing a great deal of Christmas shopping, and decorating, all in preparation for the most wonderful time of the year. But have you considered what you will need to do in order to protect your smile throughout this busy season and beyond? While it is all too easy to neglect oral care, during November and December, if you care about the beauty and health of your smile, it is important to make healthy dental choices, both now and throughout the new year!
Choose Healthy Foods
One simple way to care for your smile is by choosing healthy and specifically nutrient-rich foods. That is because the teeth and gums are like the rest of the body, in that they need vitamins and minerals to remain strong and healthy.
Vegetables and fruits are the best sources of many key nutrients. That said, dairy products, lean proteins and healthy fats can also be positive additions to a well-balanced diet.
Limit Sugar Intake
It is also important to keep in mind that sugar can be particularly troublesome for the teeth, since the plaque bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars. Because of this, the more sugar you consume on a regular basis, the more likely you are to struggle with dental decay, like cavities.
Many people eat more sugary treats during the holidays, than any other time of year. To help protect your smile, though, it can be extremely beneficial to opt for alternatives to sugar-filled treats, such as fresh fruits, which can still satisfy sweet tooth cravings, without the possible side effects, or even spices that have a natural sweetness to them, such as cinnamon and vanilla.