How To Take Care of Oral Health This Christmas Season

Posted by OC ADVANCED PERIODONTICS on Dec 17 2022, 09:20 AM

How To Take Care of Oral Health This Christmas Season

Christmas is a time for celebration and merrymaking, but it is also a period when we tend to indulge in unhealthy foods and beverages, which can harm our teeth and gums.

Avoid Sugary Treats

Candy and holiday treats are practically synonymous with the holiday season, but with tooth decay on the rise, it’s important to remember that these sugary snacks can be bad for your teeth too!

While not all candy is made the same, most contain high amounts of sugar that feed oral bacteria that can lead to cavities. It’s best to stray away from these types of candies and instead focus on sweets that are good for your teeth, like plain yogurt or almonds. 

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eating right during the holidays may seem impossible with all the holiday food temptations available, but it’s extremely important to practice healthy eating habits, especially this year. While excess sugar intake isn’t healthy for anyone, it’s especially important for diabetics to avoid having too much sweet stuff in their system. For everyone else, avoiding overeating and excessive junk food and sugar intake can help immensely in maintaining health and wellness.

A good tip is to set a strict menu for the day or week before the holiday festivities begin. Then stick to it! Aside from following a healthy diet, regular oral hygiene practices are always important during this season. 

Limit Alcohol Consumption

Although the holidays are a busy time, it is also important to make sure you are caring for your teeth and gums during the holidays. With all of the holiday festivities and gatherings going on, it is easy to get carried away with indulging in alcoholic beverages. In fact, the American Dental Association reports that alcohol is one of the top five most destructive substances for your teeth. So it is important to make sure you indulge in moderation.

If you overindulge in alcohol, you put yourself at risk for a number of oral health issues. In addition to dehydration, you can also experience tooth decay, enamel erosion, gum disease, mouth sores, and oral cancer. So make sure you are drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated this holiday season to help combat all of these possible oral problems!

Remember to brush and floss after every meal and visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings and check-ups. Your dentist in Tustin, CA, can help you keep a beautiful smile and healthy mouth this holiday season. 

To learn more, schedule an appointment with Dr. Huston at OC Advanced Periodontics by calling (714) 730-7877 or visiting us at 1076 E 1st St STE F, Tustin, CA 92780.

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