Another holiday season is quickly approaching, and although it may be different than years past, some of our favourite traditions will still be taking place. That means lots of comfort food, extra sweets and the potential to skip out of some elements of our oral care routine. We may be driving long distances to visit family or staying over at the homes of our family members or friends. These activities could lead us to skip out a brushing here or a flossing there, but this time of the year is when we need to stay diligent and ensure we keep up with our mouth hygiene.
Why Should You Take Extra Care of Your Teeth During the Holidays?
The holidays can mean time off and a break from our usual routines. We may find ourselves eating more than we typically do and eating lots of comfort food, such as meats, veggies and baked goods. These items have the potential to become lodged in between our teeth and, if not adequately removed by brushing or flossing, can lead to plaque build-up and/or gum disease.
The holiday season is also when we may indulge in extra sweets, such as sugar cookies, cake or candy canes. Eating excessive sugar can lead to more plaque build-up on our teeth and cavities or tooth decay. A lot of us also tend to drink more alcohol during the holidays. That means beers, wines and other sugary mixed drinks that contain more sugar to go along with the treats. We may also have a few too many and forget to brush or floss before going to bed, leaving plaque and tartar to build up.
Our lives are overall just busier during the holidays, too. We may not have a regular schedule and find that we aren’t home at the usual times which can cause us to neglect our oral care routine. We might be running behind to a party or family dinner and either brush quickly or not at all. You must find the time in your busy schedule to maintain a healthy brushing and flossing regimen!
Tips for Oral Healthcare During the Holiday Season
Here are a few simple tips to help you and your teeth get through the holidays as clean and healthy as possible.
Carry a Toothbrush, Toothpaste and Floss with You
We’re not saying take these items with you when you go out to the mall, but if you think that there is a chance that you may end up staying over at a friend’s place or that you might get snowed in somewhere, make sure you have a small overnight bag that contains your toothbrush, floss, and some toothpaste. Then you know your teeth are covered no matter what.
Avoid Excessive Sweets
It may be hard to skip some of the delicious treats that get offered over this time of year but try to keep your consumption to only a few pieces if you can and always brush after consuming these tasty delights!
Set Reminders on Your Phone
It may seem silly but set alarms or reminders on your phone to let you know when you should be brushing. Doing this could be beneficial if you’re falling asleep on the couch or thinking of heading to bed without brushing.
The holidays are a time for fun, family, and good cheer, but this shouldn’t come at the expense of your teeth. Contact the dedicated and caring team at Escarpment Dental today to book an appointment or request any additional information. Have a safe and happy holiday season.