The holidays are a great chance to spend more time with family and friends, often enjoying big meals and hearty laughs as you reminisce about favorite memories and catch one another up on your most recent adventures. While all the time together can be great for your soul, if you’re spending much of that time enjoying decadent holiday treats, it could be bad news for your smile. If you want to avoid dental problems as you head into the new year, it is possible. It just takes a combination of healthy choices and preventive dental care!
What You Eat Matters, But So Does Your Dental Hygiene
Besides making healthier choices about what to eat, you also need to make sure you’re adequately caring for your teeth at home. This means brushing your teeth every morning and night, without exception.
- During the holidays unpredictable schedules and long days spent driving can make it more difficult to maintain a great dental hygiene routine, but it’s well worth the extra effort.
- You also need to floss at least once a day, not only to help remove any food particles that might have remained after brushing, but also to remove any bacteria that has gathered between the teeth.
- If it’s been more than six months since your last dental checkup, be sure to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Professional cleanings can help remove unsightly plaque buildup, but they’re also a great chance for your dentist to check for and treat any burgeoning dental issues, such as cavities or gum disease.
- When planning an appointment, just be sure to check your dentist’s website or call, to find out if the office is open special holiday hours.