It’s that time of year again – Holiday lights have started to twinkle and Santa lists are being sent. Holiday songs such as “Dreaming About a White Christmas” and “All They Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” remind us that this is a fun and festive time of year. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, its a time filled with gatherings of family and friends, not to mention lots of delicious food and tempting treats.
At Grandville Dental, we want to help ensure you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. So, we would like to share some of our Top tips for healthy holiday smile.
- At Holiday time, there is likely to be a lot more sweet treats around at home and in work. Think tooth-smart and keep boxes of chocolates, biscuits and sweets out of arm’s reach. Instead of grazing on your favorite celebrations or sugar cookies, have a few as dessert after a meal. This will help you portion better and protect your teeth from damage.
- Beware of hidden sugars in Christmas puddings and mince pies, Hanukkah’s sufganiyots and loukoumades, or Kwanzaa treats such as ambrosia or mango pound cake. The dried fruit in some of these season favorites are high in sugar and are also very sticky.
- Say yes to the cheese board. Many of the food and drinks we indulge in this season are acidic and lead to erosion of our teeth (fizzy drinks, wine, champagne, fruit). Luckily, cheese does just the opposite as it neutralizes acid and contains calcium, which helps the tooth surface. Even a small piece of cheese can have a positive effect, so don’t pass on that cheeseboard after dinner!
- Remember your basics in oral hygiene. Your teeth will be exposed to more sugar and acid over these holiday periods, so remember to keep up your at-home dental care routine. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, clean between your teeth daily with floss, and drink plenty of water.
Oh, and about those two front teeth… Overheard two children talking about the tooth fairy the other day.
5yo: “What does the tooth fairy do with all those teeth?”
10yo: “Dunno, puts them into sets for old people, I think.”
We don’t really do that!