During the holiday season it can be difficult to refrain from eating junk food, starches, and sugary desserts. However, as long as healthy choices and good hygiene are practiced all year, it’s okay to indulge in delicious foods, even if they are full of sugars and starches. Understanding how to maintain excellent oral health throughout the year will help individuals understand how these preventative care methods can help them enjoy the holidays.
The best thing individuals can do to keep their oral health intact is to brush every morning and night, as well as floss at least once every day. Each time individuals brush their teeth they should do so for at least two minutes. Brushing less than two minutes doesn’t guarantee that every angle of the tooth has been scrubbed. Flossing is essential because there are some areas between the teeth and deep under the gum line that bristles can’t reach. This daily process will help remove leftover food particles, plaque, and bacteria, which will help prevent any oral issues from developing. Maintaining this routine during the holiday season will help individuals prevent their teeth from any acid attacks caused by sugars and starches.
Because the holiday season is a time where families love to bake homemade desserts and cook starchy comfort food, it can be nearly impossible to avoid consuming them. Enjoying these foods is completely okay as long as individuals execute portion control. For example, there is nothing wrong with eating a slice of chocolate cake, but if you find yourself reaching for another slice, it’s important to select a healthier alternative instead, like a piece of fruit. The same applies to starchy foods, too. If you find yourself reaching for a second or third serving, it’s better to select an extra serving of vegetables instead.
It’s also important to avoid snacking if possible. Snacking doesn’t produce as much saliva as eating full meals does. Therefore, if sweets and potato chips are being snacked on throughout the day, the teeth are more likely to remain under attack. If snacking cannot be avoided, it’s important to select healthier options, such as fruit, vegetables, popcorn, or cheese.
Although the holiday season can be a hectic time of year, it’s important that individuals do not cancel their dental appointments. Because dental professionals are able to thoroughly examine the teeth and gums to make sure no oral issues are developing, avoiding annual checkups can be hazardous for one’s oral health. There are some infections and complications that don’t produce symptoms until the issue worsens. If individuals maintain their checkups, dentists can catch potential problems early on and treat them.
At McBride Dental, we offer various preventative care services for our patients, such as X-rays and deep cleanings. We also offer other services to help them treat any oral issues they’re having, such as gum disease treatment, fillings, dental implants, and more. We have spent years helping our patients both attain and maintain the healthy smile of their dreams. If you are in the San Diego area and would like to schedule an appointment with us, contact us today at (760) 471-1003.