The holidays are all about celebrating, but how can you be mindful of your teeth with all these sweets and treats around? It’s easier than you think! Whether at the office, a friend’s house, or when gathering with family, we thought of four quick and easy ways to protect your teeth and avoid bad breath throughout the holiday season—and you can do it without missing out on the yummy foods you want to enjoy!
- Rinse with water.
- Chew sugar-free gum.
- Carry flexible dental picks.
- Use mouthwash.
- Rinse With Water.
One of the best strategies for your health and your teeth is to rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking. Many of the warming winter drinks for young and old—such as hot cocoa and hot apple cider—expose teeth to lots of sugar and acid. After enjoying your festive beverage and eating cookies and candies, you can quickly swish your teeth with water to rinse some of the sugars and acids away. This is a very easy way to help teeth stay strong. Remember to brush later, of course! And if you can switch out some of your soda for city water with fluoride, you will also strengthen your tooth enamel.
- Chew Sugar-Free Gum.
Sugar-free gum can be good for your teeth, as it stimulates saliva. Saliva naturally rinses your teeth and balances the pH levels in your mouth. Plus, chewing gum is a quick way to freshen breath, wherever you are.
- Carry Flexible Dental Picks.
Flossing can be a bit too fussy and involved when you’re on the go during the holidays. A great alternative after party appetizers or a holiday potluck is to use flexible dental picks or disposable dental flossers to clean between teeth. Some brands include a carrying case so you can easily access them for use in the nearest washroom or lounge. They are perfect for travel, too. Check out your flossing options.
- Use Mouthwash.
When you want to freshen your breath in a flash, a swish of mouthwash will do. Keep a sample-size mouthwash in your purse, briefcase, car, or office desk. You can then use it whenever you want a splash of freshness. You can also add mouthwash with fluoride to your oral hygiene routine to further help strengthen your teeth and counteract the additional stress placed on your teeth during the holiday season. Learn more about mouthwash and its benefits.
We hope this information helps you and your family have even happier holidays, knowing that you are doing all you can to take care of your teeth while you enjoy the best the season has to offer.
If you have kids, our 12 Days of Toothmas blog post provides a fun way to help them form excellent tooth care habits. Happy holidays!