How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy During the Holiday Season

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happy senior woman standing in kitchen with her granddaughter holding baked cookies and laughingThe holiday season is a time for family, friends, and of course, food! While indulging in your favorite holiday dishes is one of the best parts of the season, it's important to be mindful of your dental health. 

That's why we've put together a few tips to help you keep your teeth healthy during the holiday season. From avoiding sugary sweets to brushing your teeth after every meal, these simple tips will help you enjoy the holidays without risking your dental health.

What Are the Main Threats to Dental Health During the Holidays? 

The holiday season is full of sugary treats and rich, carbohydrates dishes. While these foods may be delicious, they can put your teeth at risk for cavities and other oral health problems. 

In addition to sugary foods, many holiday drinks are also acidic. Sodas, wine, and coffee can all contribute to acid erosion, which wears away at the enamel on your teeth. 

To make matters worse, the holiday season is also a time when many people are stressed. Stress can lead to teeth grinding, which can damage your teeth and cause jaw pain.

So, what can you do to protect your teeth during the holiday season?

How to Maintain Your Teeth's Health During the Holidays

Here are a few tips to help you keep your teeth healthy during the holiday season:

  • Drink plenty of water: This will help wash away all the sugary debris from your teeth.
  • Eat teeth-friendly foods: cheese, nuts, and non-acidic fruits are all great choices.
  • Avoid sticky, chewy sweets: These can be hard on your teeth and hard to clean off.
  • Remember to brush and floss: This is still the best way to protect your teeth from decay.
  • Use a mouthguard if you play sports: To protect your teeth from injury.
  • See your dentist regularly: For professional cleanings and to catch any problems early.

Would you like to keep your teeth healthy this holiday season and beyond? Feel free to contact us if you have any questions! Contact Softouch Dental Care at 703-319-6990 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Chung if you're considering cosmetic dentistry. We welcome patients from Oakton, Vienna, and McLean throughout Northern Virginia.