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Are the Holidays the Worst Time for Your Oral Health?

December 22, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — hbperiodontics @ 8:51 pm
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‘Tis the season for festive foods and drinks, with holiday delights appearing at work, home, and all around you. As the holidays unfold, changes to your schedule may arise due to travel, attending parties, and preparing for loved ones visiting. While some claim that the holiday season is detrimental to your smile, is that assertion accurate? Delve into the following three reasons to understand why the holidays can impact your oral health.

#1: Eating Too Many Sweet Treats

During the holidays, many festive treats are laden with sugar, including eggnog, candy canes, chocolate, caramel, and gingerbread cookies. From Halloween through New Year’s Day, your smile contends with an ongoing influx of sweets. Regrettably, this sugary onslaught can leave your smile in less-than-ideal condition as the new year begins.

While the most effective strategy to prevent oral health issues is to abstain from these treats, you need not forgo seasonal delights entirely for the sake of your smile. Instead, adopt a selective approach to your indulgences.

Rather than indulging in every assortment of office sweets your coworkers offer, choose your favorites. This allows you to partake in seasonal delights without compromising your oral health and leaving your smile in need of some tender loving care.

#2: All-Day Snacking

Beyond sugar, your concerns this holiday season should extend to the quantity and frequency of your food intake, as they can also affect your smile. Eating prompts an increase in mouth acidity, which poses a threat to your tooth enamel, weakening it over time.

Regular snacking heightens the vulnerability of your pearly whites to decay due to sustained acid exposure. While the temptation to sample foods while cooking may be strong, you can mitigate acid overload by limiting eating to designated meal times. Additionally, following a meal with a glass of water can help wash away food particles and neutralize acids, preserving your oral health.

#3: Keep Up with Your Oral Hygiene

The holiday season often brings disruptions to regular schedules, making it challenging to maintain your oral hygiene routine. Consequently, your smile may start to show signs of neglect. Create a dental travel kit with essentials such as a toothbrush, dental floss, mouthwash, and toothpaste. This way, you can adhere to your oral hygiene routine wherever the day takes you.

While the holidays bring joy, don’t let the excitement of the season overshadow your smile care. These three tips provide the insights necessary to safeguard your pearly whites throughout the entire season!

About the Practice

To address smile gaps, Huntington Beach Periodontics & Dental Implants stands ready to assist you. Under the leadership of Dr. Justin Braga, their team of proficient oral health experts is committed to providing residents of Huntington Beach and nearby communities with the knowledge needed to maintain vibrant and healthy smiles. Dr. Braga can also provide valuable tips on protecting your pearly whites and preventing oral health issues during the holiday season. To schedule an appointment with Huntington Beach Periodontics or to learn more about their services, visit their website or call their office at (714) 587-9094.

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