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The holidays are a time to gather with friends and family, share gifts, and eat food. Whether you believe it or not, this holiday has the potential to damage and harm your smile, and that’s scary stuff! However, there are ways to enjoy this holiday and take care of your smile, and we are happy to tell you all about them.

For a healthy smile this holiday season, please do the following things:

No. 1: Balance the foods you eat

With the countless amounts of sugary sweets available this holiday season, it’s important that you balance those treats with other foods, like veggies, delicious dip, and protein, like ham, salami, and chicken. If you eat these foods while you also eat sugary treats, you will be on the right track.

No. 2: Set a time limit

Many holidays involve grazing and snacking on food all day; this can be very dangerous for your smile. So, it’s best to dedicate a specific time to eating foods and treats. If you do this, your teeth will have the time they need to build a defense against tooth decay and plaque.

No. 3: Drink a lot of water

Water is the best product you can consume on Christmas. If you drink a lot of it, your smile will be constantly washed and the bacteria and food particles will have a smaller chance of destroying your smile.

No. 4: Stay busy

Do your best to stay busy after you have eaten your meal. Play games with your family members, visit with your friends, or entertain yourself with puzzles and movies. This will help you keep your mind of off food and will keep you from grazing all day.

No. 5: Clean your smile

Brush and floss your teeth 30 minutes after you have eaten. This will give your smile the best chance at survival. Now, we know your party destination might not be your home, so it’s important you take a small toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss with you wherever you go. If you cannot brush and floss, try rinsing your mouth with water as often as possible.

If you do these five things, you will be on the right track! Holidays are harmful to your smile, so it is extremely important to take care of your teeth, gums, and oral tissues so you can have the best oral health possible all year round. If you have any questions or if you would like more tips on how to maintain a strong and healthy smile this season, call our office now and talk to a member of our caring dental team. We are happy to help you!