The festive season is here, which means gifts, great food, and parties are just around the corner. Of course, all this merrymaking shouldn’t be an excuse to neglect your oral hygiene; as family dentist Dr. Tamatha C. Pantano, DMD states, the holidays are as good a time as any to keep those teeth and gums healthy and strong.
Here are a few ways to ensure you, your loved ones, and your friends enjoy great oral health during the holidays:
1. Brush to your favorite holiday music
Every tooth-brushing session should last at least two minutes, and the best way to ensure you meet the two-minute mark is to brush while listening to a two-minute song. So prepare a playlist of the best festive music you can find and play those songs whenever you brush. Feel free to hum along!
2. Give healthy gifts
Nothing says “holiday spirit” quite like exchanging presents with your friends and loved ones, and the best gifts just so happen to be those that come with health benefits. So fill those stockings with toothbrushes, toothpastes, and other oral hygiene goodies approved by the American Dental Association. If you’re giving away candy, stay away from candy canes and other sticky sweets; opt, instead, for chocolates, as they’re much easier to clean.
3. Use your hands, not your teeth!
There are few things more exciting than opening gifts. Just don’t get so excited that you start ripping apart those wrappers with your teeth. You could end up ruining your smile by cracking a tooth, hurting your jaw, or swallowing paper or much worse. Your hands are perfectly capable of untying those tricky knots, though there’s no shame in asking for help should you have any trouble opening a gift.
4. Stick to your oral hygiene routine
The holidays may be a whirlwind of celebrations, travel, and food extravaganzas, so much so that you forget your daily oral health routine. Make it a point to brush your teeth at least twice a day—once before breakfast, and again before bedtime. Floss once daily and rinse your mouth with mouthwash. If you have a dental appointment, keep it. Because taking care of yourself—which includes observing proper oral hygiene—is the best gift you can give yourself this holiday season.
Are you interested in acquiring any of our dental services? If so, please feel free to contact Audubon Dental Center of Clinton via our website or at (301) 856-1122 to schedule a consultation. We’d also be happy to answer any of your questions!