Worried about your teeth this holiday season? Afraid you’re going to have to give up that delicious holiday feast because of your dental care? It doesn’t have to be that way.
The holidays are upon us and every year, many of us have a tendency to overdo it when it comes to awesome holiday food. Enjoy yourself while your waist expands a little and be mindful of your dental health at the same time. Here are tips on how you can survive the holidays with your teeth intact:
Watch what you serve
If you’re hosting this year’s holiday feast, be a good host or hostess by serving foods that help with dental health. First rule of thumb, leave out the peanut brittle and Aunt Marge’s fruitcake that you have been regifting for so long it looks more like a brick than anything else. These are sure-fire ways to send your guests to an emergency dental clinic. Instead, serve a mixture of cheeses to your guests. The calcium in cheese helps promote the growth and strength of your teeth.
Don’t forget the veggie tray. It may sound like a cliché part of the holiday party season, but eating raw vegetables like carrots and celery can help you produce more saliva which is the body’s natural way of flushing out bacteria and food particles. If you’re looking for a fruit dish, try serving pears since they reduce the acidity levels on the tooth’s surface.
Don’t go crazy with the food
If you’re not hosting (or even if you are), be sure you don’t go crazy at the buffet. Avoid sticky foods like pecan pie or fudge that can promote cavities. Have a mixture of carbs and veggies on your plate so it can cut down on the acids that carbs create when they’re digested. Also, skip the sweet sodas and instead go for some tea. Tea has natural elements that reduce the acids in the mouth and also help cleanse harmful bacteria.
Remember, teeth aren’t tools!
We’ve all probably tried opening up some tricky packaging with our teeth. No matter if it’s a children’s toy, a food condiment package or even a beer bottle, doing this is going to cause some damage. Just remember to use your teeth for what they are meant to be used for—enjoying holiday cooking.
Pack a toothbrush
Even if you aren’t staying with family overnight, you’ll wat to pack a travel toothbrush with you when you go. There’s nothing wrong with taking along a toothbrush to help clean your teeth after a heavy meal. If you forget your toothbrush, try chewing sugar-free gum to help reduce the bacteria in your mouth.