How to Avoid Cavities During the Holidays
When the leaves turn red, orange, and brown and crunch under your feet, you might be thinking about Halloween candy, pumpkin pie, and all the upcoming treats. But don’t forget about your smile. You’ll want to show it off in all those happy holiday photos.
With all that fun also comes lots of stress from planning and attending gatherings to shopping for gifts. That’s why it’s all too easy to put off your dental visit, but making that mistake can lead to cavities and other dental health issues that will spoil your New Year ahead.
So, how can you smile more this holiday season?
Balance Your Diet
Having treats is the best part of the season, but cavities love sugar. The easiest way to keep them away is to be mindful of how much sugar you consume. Plaque is filled with sticky bacteria which is what leads to those cavities. You can counteract that by making sure you balance your holiday plates. Choose fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats for the majority of your meals and you’ll avoid those cavity pitfalls.
Fill Up with Water
Throughout each day, make sure you’re giving your body the essential hydration it needs. In doing so, you keep your saliva flowing which makes it hard for that plaque to stick. Water is one of the best ways to flush away any cavity-causing chaos in your mouth. Guzzle it down after having those special treats and your smile will be unwavering!
When you do indulge in those sweets for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, take a moment to brush up right after. Flossing helps too by getting in the gumline to stop plaque buildup before it starts. By practicing proper dental hygiene, you can have your cake on those special occasions and eat it too!
Don’t Skip Your Dental Appointment
And of course, if you want to have more to smile about, you should keep your dental appointments for cleanings to prevent major problems down the road. Plus, your smile will look brighter and more confident when you take photos with your loved ones.
If time is a factor, you certainly don’t want to waste it in waiting rooms. Instead, call In Your Home Therapy to have your dental appointment come to you in the comfort of your home. With a team of Ontario Self-Initiated Registered Dental Hygienists available, they’ll bring everything they need to keep up your smile. All you need to do is open the door and let them in to enjoy your best smile for the holidays!