How To Keep Teeth Healthy This Christmas

How To Keep Teeth Healthy This Christmas

Christmas is a time to celebrate with friends and family, and that often means enjoying sweet candies, sugary desserts, and other treats. While too much sugar isn't good for your teeth. As long as you practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist for a regular dental checkup, your teeth should still be in good shape. Here are tips to keep teeth healthy this Christmas:

Brush Your Teeth Regularly

You have a busy schedule during the holiday season, but be sure to keep your oral health a priority by brushing twice a day and flossing once. If you use over-the-counter whitening toothpaste, you should still keep up with your regular professional cleanings. These measures will protect your smile from any bacteria buildup.

Floss Daily

It can be difficult to remember to floss during the holidays when there are so many other things on your mind. However, this is an important part of your oral health regimen and should not be skipped or forgotten. Make a point of flossing your teeth before bed each night and after meals during the day. It is easy to do while you are in the bathroom getting ready for bed, and it is an easy way to keep your teeth clean this holiday season.

You can also pack some floss in your purse or wallet and take it with you on the go. This will ensure that you always have access to fresh and clean teeth no matter where you are going or how busy you are.

Limit Sugary Treats

Eating too much sugar isn't good for your teeth. It can cause cavities and increase your risk of tooth sensitivity. The bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugar you eat, and this causes plaque and tartar. Plaque is a thin, sticky film that coats your teeth and gums. And tartar is a hardened form of plaque that can cause yellow staining on your teeth. Both of these can lead to tooth decay. Additionally, eating too many sweets can increase your risk of gum disease. Be sure to limit the amount of candy and other sweet treats you eat this holiday season. And remember that moderation is key!

Quit Smoking

If you smoke and drink too much alcohol during the holidays, your dental health may be at risk as well. Drinking alcohol dries out your mouth and may increase your risk of tooth decay. And smoking can lead to gum disease, which increases your risk of tooth loss.

Please reach out to our dental practice in Kansas City, KS, to have a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Moreno and Dr. Tejada. Please call us at (913) 647-1900 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.

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