There is a lot to look forward to during the holidays—Christmas parties, time with family, time off from work, the joy of giving, and the delicious food. From Thanksgiving to New Years, we are inundated with turkey, ham, pies, cookies, candies, chocolates, and more. These indulgences are enough to keep you grinning from ear to ear. That’s why you can’t forget to take care of your smile. Here are 5 tips for a smile-friendly holiday season.
How do you love your teeth you might ask? Use them to eat and smile only! They are not tools. Do not use them to open a bag of chips, bite your fingernails, crack a nut, open a bottle, etc. This type of continued activity can weaken the enamel and create fragile edges on your teeth with can lead to cracking and breaking.
Remember to eat slowly. Don’t chip a tooth biting hard foods too quickly. There are also other benefits from slow eating like better digestion, better hydration, easier weight loss, and greater satisfaction with your meal.
When you are eating, remember to take one bite at a time with your fork. Biting food in half from your fork leads to fractured teeth.
Dark colored drinks like wine and coffee, along with foods like cranberry sauce and blueberry pie, can leave your enamel looking dull. Skip stain-causing foods and beverages or book a cleaning with Dr. Blevins afterward.
Instead of choosing sugary treats, load up on vitamin and mineral-rich vegetables. Leafy greens contain calcium that’s great for building strong teeth. Red and orange veggies are typically high in vitamin C, which is good for your gums.
Now that you are prepared for a healthier holiday season, consider starting it off with a smile as white as snow!
After an initial exam, we will create customized upper and lower trays to ensure your teeth receive full whitening coverage. Then return every six months for your check-up and receive 2 free tubes of teeth whitening gel (professional strength that cannot be bought over-the-counter) for free. That’s a $40 value for FREE every 6 months FOR LIFE!