1. Eat These Teeth-Healthy Foods
You should surely give yourself permission to splurge a bit and enjoy some of the activities that won’t come around again for another year. But be very sure to balance that with crunchy fruits and vegetables, whole grains and plenty of drinking water. Your teeth will thank you, and so will your purse!
2. Avoid These Dental No-No Foods
Sticky, hard, chewy, gummy or sugary intake may be tasty as all get out, but they are not friendly to your teeth and gums. It includes candy canes, soft mint gums, ice cubes, chestnuts and other holiday staples.
It can be difficult to say no to these traditional once-a-year treats. But if you can imagine looking at a candy cane (or whatever off-limits items is in your sights) and visualizing a costly dental filling charge instead, this can serve you as a helpful deterrent while you are finding a safer alternative.
3. Stick To Your Daily Oral Health Routine
As best as possible, you should be determined to stick to your daily oral health routine. Flossing, brushing and gargling 2 times a day may not be the fun part of your vacation schedule, but for your teeth and gums they are like a tour to the Disney World as well as a jump out of the dentist chair free card.
4. Schedule Your Post-Holiday Checkup & Cleaning Now
This isn’t your first holiday season, so you likely already have the knowledge just how busy you are going to be. You probably also notice that, despite all your best intentions and resolutions, there will be times you won’t floss, brush or gargle or do any of the activities you know that you need to perform to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
So be it. The good news is, you can appoint your post-holiday cleaning and check-up now, so the moment the vacations are over, you can help your teeth stay clean, bright and cavity free.
5. Drink Plenty of Water Daily
Water can freshen up your oral breath and aid in digestion and elimination. Water can also fill you up so you don’t have to include “go on a diet” to your New Year’s Resolutions again. But one of water’s best advantages is that it can wash away freshly formed bacteria so you don’t have to wake up one morning with a sore tooth and an emergency trip to the dentist.
6. Never Use Your Teeth As Present-Openers
Teeth are useful for many things – for instance, chewing and enunciating. But they do not indulge in making good tools. Using your teeth to open up bottles, packages, snack bags and other similar things can only lead to no good.
7. Chew Cinnamon Gum
Cinnamon gum consists of an ingredient called “cinnamaldehyde.” This is the essential oil that provides the gum that crisp, spicy flavor, but it does more than activate your salivary glands. It can also hunt down and eliminate cavity-forming bacteria. This is a great way to keep bacteria formation to a minimum level in between brushes.
As an advantage, cinnamon can also keep your oral breath fresher for longer, which is really helpful if you just can’t resist that garlic-laden dip!