Happy Holidays! Your dentist is here to check in with you before the final leg of your celebrations. You’ve been feasting, socializing, and relaxing; but have you spent any time thinking about your teeth? We understand that you’ve been preoccupied with holiday festivities, but as New Year’s Eve approaches, your dentist has a few handy tips so that you won’t damage your teeth on the big night. With the help of Hinsdale Dentistry, you’ll ring in the new year with a beautiful, healthy smile!
Holiday Dental Tips:
Rinse after eating or drinking. It may not be too glamorous, but it’s easy to slip to the bathroom and rinse your mouth with water after a glass of red wine. Rinsing with water helps remove the sugar and harmful bacteria borne by food and drink. This prevents dark liquids and foods from staining your teeth, and reduces the risk of tooth decay. And not only will rinsing protect your teeth, it will help you from overdoing things and spending the first day of the new year sick in bed!
Bring a toothbrush! Travel-sized toothbrushes fit easily into even the tiniest purse, or inside your jacket pocket. Brushing after eating and drinking will keep your teeth decay-free even after indulgent holiday feasting. You may want to pack a tiny bit of floss as well – there’s nothing worse than getting an annoying bit of food stuck between your front teeth at a party!
Gum it up. Try chewing sugar-free gum between snacks to enhance saliva flow and remove food particles from your teeth. Your dentist recommends any gum containing xylitol, which has an antibacterial effect.
Make wise eating choices. Whether you’re the host or a guest, know that tooth- and body-healthy food options should be available to partygoers. Nuts, raw fruits and vegetables, dark chocolate, and cheeses are great snacks for your teeth and your body – and they’re even delicious!