Dental Hygiene During Christmas Holidays0
It’s dentally advisable, but wholly unrealistic, to expect people to avoid sweets and Christmas goodies that can cause cavities and damage teeth during the holidays.
After all, there are just so many tasty treats to sample at this time of year it’s practically impossible for any but the most resolute practitioner of oral health to stay on the straight and narrow.
Giving into temptation now and then doesn’t have to result in a mouthful of cavities and swollen gums as long as you’re mindful of some basic tenets of good dental hygiene during Christmas holidays. It wouldn’t be Christmas without all the sugary, gooey, crunchy delights most of us have always enjoyed at Christmas time. The trick is not to abandon your toothbrush, dental floss and mouthwash while you’re enjoying yourself.
Dental Hygiene During Christmas Holidays Diligence
Sweet edibles are everywhere during the holidays, beginning just after Thanksgiving and running right through New Year’s. There’s no avoiding them and, frankly, there’s no resisting them either. And you should enjoy them, along with everyone else. Just take care to step up your dental hygiene routine while you’re at it, which means carrying a full complement of tooth care tools with you to work and while you’re out battling the crowds shopping.
A heavy holiday lunch, some free samples, and your daily caffe latte means you’ll need to do battle with the forces of tooth decay while you’re out and about. No need to get too fancy, just a mini tube of toothpaste, a toothbrush, and a little floss and you’re ready to roll. If you forget to bring them along, some sugarless gum can help clear your mouth of food remains that can form cavities.
Drop in on the Dentist
Busy people sometimes have to skip dental appointments during the year. Make a special point to show up if you have one scheduled in December or January. Getting your teeth cleaned and checked in the midst of the annual holiday eating orgy can help boost your dental health at a time when it’s most vulnerable. Even better, if you have the time make a special point to schedule an appointment in December. Your teeth will be in prime condition while you’re enjoying your holiday smorgasbord.
And if the Food Wins…
Don’t put off seeing a dentist if you break a tooth crunching down on something that’s super hard. Otherwise, you could spend your holiday shoving gauze into your mouth and ingesting a lot more pain reliever than pie. Getting into the dentist as soon as possible can head off the possibility of infection and the risk of long-term damage. Dentists usually give priority to emergency cases, so don’t feel shy about asking if they can fit you in right away.
And make sure you take your dental insurance policy information with you if you plan on traveling during the holidays. You may need it for an impromptu visit to an out-of-town dentist.
An Ounce of Prevention
Much of the damage that food, drink and other factors do to your teeth can be avoided by practicing a few simple tips. Drinking wine during the holidays, especially red wine, exposes your teeth to high acidity levels.
One way to minimize that exposure is to drink water between glasses of wine, taking a moment to swish it around and spit before moving on to your next glass.
Drug Use, Oral health and Dental Hygiene
Protracted use of drugs such as methamphetamines can erode one’s dental health considerably. Taking action as soon as possible to counteract the effects of drug abuse, including practicing good regular dental hygiene and visiting a dentist on a regular basis, can also help improve overall health.
Manage your Oral Health
Physical suffering shouldn’t be part of anyone’s holiday agenda. There’s too much fun to be had and things to do. Managing your oral health at this busy time of year can make the difference between misery and a merry Christmas.
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