Holiday season is typically the most difficult time of year to stay healthy. Sweets and treats are usually part of holiday culture, which makes them hard to avoid. Fortunately, there are still a few ways parents can ensure their children (and themselves) don’t overindulge and harm their oral health during the holiday season.
As long as parents maintain the same routine that they’ve set for themselves and their children throughout the year, all they have to do is follow that routine during the holiday season. For example, all dentists advise everyone to brush their teeth twice daily for a minimum of two minutes using a soft toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste. It’s important to remember to choose a toothpaste that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance on it because that means it’s been inspected and approved. It’s also recommended to floss at least once daily. Depending on each individual’s unique case, a fluoride mouthwash may also be incorporated into one’s routine. It’s recommended for parents to supervise their children while they brush their teeth until they’re at least seven or eight years old.
Keeping a year-round routine makes it easier to maintain during the holiday season. Because the teeth have been taken care of all year, there’s less of a chance that consuming sweets and treats during the holiday season will be harmful.
Another reminder is to occasionally substitute sweets and treats for a healthy snack, like carrots or fruit. When one finds themselves reaching for more candy, cookies, cake, pie, or any other desert, they should remember to reach for carrots, celery, or fruit instead. Carbonated and sugary drinks should also be consumed in moderation. When one finds themselves reaching for another glass of soda or juice, they should drink a glass of water instead. Drinking lots of water will keep the mouth rinsed and the teeth strong. Water will help remove any lingering food particles and sugar from between the teeth, which will prevent bacteria from forming acid and attacking enamel.
Lastly, it’s important to remember to still maintain dental checkups during the holiday season. Even though this is the time of year for traveling and hosting visiting family members, it’s still important to show up for dental appointments for preventative care purposes. Dentists will be able to inspect the teeth and gums, as well as clean, polish, and treat any oral complications.
At McBride Dental, we work hard to help our patients keep their teeth and gums healthy, strong, and bright. We offer a bunch of preventative care services to ensure their teeth remain in great shape. Our services include examinations, X-rays, deep cleanings, and more. We also provide treatment options for patients suffering from cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. We even offer cosmetic dentistry services for patients who want to brighten their smiles or straighten their teeth. If you are in the San Diego area and would like to schedule an appointment with us, contact us today at (760) 471-1003.