With the holiday season now underway, much of the festive joy comes from enjoying good food with the people you love.
In order to keep your teeth, your children’s teeth, and the teeth of your loved ones healthy as you eat and treat your way through the holiday season, there are several factors you can incorporate into your holiday routine in order to keep on top of your dental hygiene:
Avoid too many sugary foods
There is nothing wrong with treating yourself to a cookie or a sweet here and there, after all we all get cravings. But try to limit yourself (and your children) rather than consuming continuous sugar throughout the day. Too many sugary foods can have a detrimental impact on your tooth enamel and cause cavities, so it’s important to try and be mindful of what you are eating.
Offer healthy substitutes
Adding a variety of healthy substitutes along with your sugary holiday treats can help you and your family limit your sugar intake and in turn, take care of your dental hygiene. It may also be worthwhile to point out and encourage your kids to try out these healthy alternatives. Some suggestions for foods that are good for your teeth include:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Dark chocolate
Stick to your brushing and flossing routine
Maintaining an oral hygiene routine is imperative throughout the holiday season. Because you’re probably around more food than you are during a regular day, it’s important to brush at least every morning and every night for two minutes each time. And don’t forget about flossing.
Book an appointment with an oral hygienist
It is important to visit your dental hygienist at least twice a year to have a full hygiene treatment to get rid of plaque and prevent decay. Also at these appointments, a comprehensive exam and x-rays will be taken to help detect any oral issues and prevent future complications.
Clean your tongue
It is important to clean the surface of your tongue daily. By using a professional tongue cleaner you can remove countless bacteria that live on your tongue and can contribute to bad breath (halitosis) and negatively affect your dental health.
Consume calcium rich food and drinks
One of the most important nutrients for healthy teeth is calcium. Calcium strengthens the hard outer shell of your tooth called enamel, which is your teeth’s defense against decay and cavities. Some calcium rich food suggestions we recommend are:
- Dairy products
- Leafy greens
For more oral health tips or to book an appointment to help maintain your oral hygiene, book an appointment with our dentists in Townsville. Call us on 07 4723 0624 or book your appointment online here.