Are Santa’s cookies already baked, freshly iced and ready to be stolen by you? Is your house filled with the scent of hot apple cider simmering on the stove? Do you find yourself filling your favorite coffee mug with hot cocoa? There are seemingly endless festive holiday treats vying for your attention – and palate – this time of year. And while making and enjoying them can make for quality time with your loved ones, too many indulgences can cause problems for your smile. If you want helpful tips for keeping your teeth healthy and dazzling through the holidays and beyond, look to your preventive dentist for help!
Combine Care with Smart Choices for a Great Smile, Year Round
Maintaining a healthy smile throughout the year means combining daily hygiene at-home with regular preventive checkups. But it also means eating a well-balanced diet, in order to provide your body with the nutrients needed to maintain strong teeth and healthy gums.
Not sure what a smile-healthy diet looks like? Here are some general guidelines:
- Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, which are nutrient-rich and low in sugar and fat.
- Focus on lean protein sources, like poultry or beans.
- Add healthy fats to your diet, too, in the form of nuts, avocados, etc.
- Dairy products are rich in calcium, which is great for your teeth. Just make sure to choose non-sweetened varieties, or those with limited added sugar. This is especially important when selecting yogurts, which often come packed with cavity-causing added sugar.
- Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is one of the best things you can do for your smile!
- Water helps keep your mouth moist, which can prevent plaque buildup and also staining.
- Avoid sugary beverages like sweetened coffee, many juices, sodas, etc. Since you’re likely to sip on a drink for longer than you would eat a meal, the effects of sugar in your beverages can be particularly troublesome for your teeth.
- Remember to schedule six-months checkups with your dentist to help keep your smile healthy, and brush and floss every day to maintain that healthy smile in between checkups!