The holidays are often talked about as a time for family and friends to spend time together. People laugh, eat and enjoy each other’s company. But you often do not hear about the potential negative impact that the Holidays can have on your smile. Be aware of 4 pitfalls people often fall into during the holiday season that can impact your smile, and wallet, for a lifetime.
1. People increase the amount of sugar they consume during the holiday season. While a cookie here and there may not cause a problem, individuals are usually consuming two times the amount of sugar that should be consumed in treats and holiday drinks. Don’t fall into the pitfall of a sugar craze this Christmas. Bake with sugar alternatives, or slim down on the amount of treats you eat.
2. Brush and floss regularly. Millions of Americans forget their toothbrushes, and floss when they travel. Create a dental kit, which you keep ready to go throughout the year. This will make it easier to remember the dental items you need.
3. "Drink more water." suggests Dr. Judy Strutz. Water helps to rinse your teeth in between brushing and flossing. If you are going to consume sugary foods and drinks, drinking water can also help to rinse the sugar from the enamel of your teeth, thus decreasing the amount that stays on your teeth.
4. Brush & floss at the same time you normally do. It can be a busy time of year, and people often forget to brush and floss as they are focused on what they need to do during the day. Focus on brushing and flossing during your regularly scheduled time to decrease the risk of forgetting. If you put it off until later, it often does not get done.
For more information on your smile this Holiday season, contact Dr. Strutz & her team today.