November 20, 2017
Christmas parties, family dinners, and gift shopping are all festive activities you may participate in during the holiday season. You may also find yourself indulging in foods and treats that you normally wouldn’t eat. Some of these goodies can be harmful to your teeth, so your dentist in Fremont has compiled some tips for protecting your oral health during the holidays.
Try to Limit Your Holiday Treats
Try to keep from overindulging during the holidays by limiting yourself to one or two sweet treats. Also be cognizant of the beverages you are drinking as many holiday drinks contain excess sugar.
Choose sweet items with less sugar to help monitor your sugar intake. For example, pumpkin pie has less sugar than pecan, while gingerbread cookies have less sugar than other options such as snickerdoodles.
Eliminate Snacking Between Meals
Make sure that you eat enough at breakfast and lunch to tide you over throughout the day. Snacking between meals becomes easier and more dangerous during the holidays especially when you work in an office setting where homemade sweets and goodies are brought in.
While it’s easier to reach for the sweet treats, if you need an afternoon snack, keep your desk stocked with healthier choices such as fruit or yogurt. Limiting or eliminating afternoon snacking will not only protect your teeth, but also your waistline.
Contact Your Dentist if You Run Into Problems
If you find yourself with a cracked tooth due to that peanut brittle you ate, don’t wait to contact your dentist thinking it will get better. Even if you’re not experiencing pain, you should still call your dentist right away. Delaying necessary treatment for your tooth could result in further damage, more pain and bigger problems.
Keep Brushing and Flossing Consistently
Be sure to stay consistent with your home care routine during the holidays. You should be brushing at least twice per day for two minutes each time, and flossing your teeth at least once per day. Don’t let holiday parties deter you from your brushing and flossing routine.
If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health during the holidays, don’t hesitate to give your dentist a call.
About the Author
Dr. James Block is a third-generation dentist following in his grandfather and father’s footsteps. He focuses on providing comprehensive quality dentistry delivered with compassion. He has the ability to put patients at ease, and he has a passion for helping patients achieve their best smiles.
If you would like to contact Dr. Block, he can be reached through our website or by calling 510-793-0801.
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