It’s hard to stay healthy at all times, but becomes significantly harder during the holidays. As you take a break from your normal schedule and enjoy relaxing, mingling and eating with your family and friends, it’s easy to overlook the damage you can make to your body, particularly your oral health. Fortunately, your dentist in Naperville, IL has a few tips to help you keep your teeth healthy over the holidays and avoid emergencies and cavities.
Stick to Your Routine
Always brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day. Floss once during the day, preferably at night right before bed. You may enjoy more late nights and traveling during the holidays, but stick to your oral health routine as much as possible to protect your teeth. The more you stray from your habits, the harder it is to get back into them after the holidays.
Eat Healthy and Avoid Sugar
Holiday parties, company events and even neighbor gifts are often full of sugary, yummy treats that is hard to stay away from. Whenever possible, opt for something healthy like carrots or crackers rather than sugary, sticky substances that can be hard on your teeth. Eating hard candies can also put you at an increased risk for a cracked or damaged tooth.
Be Choosy About Your Drinks
Soda and alcohol are easy to indulge in over the holidays. Unfortunately, they can also be extremely hard on your teeth. While it’s okay to relax and enjoy yourself, choose water whenever you can. This will keep your teeth clean, your body healthy and your stomach full when you want to avoid overeating. If your water doesn’t have fluoride in it, consider taking a supplement or vitamin to get your suggested allotment.
Remember the Dentist
The holidays are busy, and it’s easy to get distracted and forget the things that keep you healthy. Stay up to date with your regular check-ups, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Zymantas before the festivities begin. Call us today.