The holiday season is upon us and with it all those sweet treats and snacks that seem to pop up everywhere you go.  Most people indulge themselves with goodies more during the holidays than the rest of the year.  Go ahead and enjoy but remember there are some things you can do to keep up your oral health too.

Tray of gingerbread men, decorated for Christmas

*Brush and Floss More Often – This one is an obvious choice.  If you are eating more sugary treats and eating more in general, then it’s a good idea to add in an extra brushing and flossing session to keep teeth from forming plaque. You might try choosing a midway point between your morning and evening routine for an extra oral hygiene session.  Drink water after each meal to help flush sugars away.

*Be Prepared – If you have a lot of holiday gatherings to attend, you might want to carry a small bag with you so you can brush and floss on the go.  Fill a bag with a sample sized toothpaste, a toothbrush, floss and mouthwash and keep it in your purse, desk, jacket pocket or even in your car to use when you’ve finished enjoying the snack table.

A variety of travel size personal care items

*Indulge in the meat and cheese trays – Cheese is one of the few holiday treats that is actually good for your teeth.  Not only is it rich in calcium, which is great for your teeth and bones, it also helps reduce acid levels in your in your mouth after indulging which helps protect your enamel.

*Schedule a cleaning for the New Year with Illuminada Dental – Make sure when the celebrating is done that you schedule your cleaning for early in the new year just to as an added precaution.  We will help keep your teeth and gums healthy for 2020. 


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