The holidays come with plenty of temptation. You’re surrounded by sweets, but you want to keep your healthy, beautiful smile as fresh as ever. Fortunately, you don’t have to deprive yourself of holiday goodies to protect your teeth. Just follow these seven simple smile tips as the holidays approach.

Do Call Your Dentist When Necessary

Whether you’ve cracked a tooth on a pecan or developed the symptoms of a cavity, call your dentist as soon as you notice a problem. If you need to, use our appointment concierge service to find a dentist that suits your schedule and needs, in your neighbourhood. The important thing is to get yourself into a dentist’s chair — you’ll thank yourself for addressing the problem early.

Additionally, you might consider setting up a teeth cleaning appointment during the first couple of weeks of December. If you start out with plaque-free teeth, you can indulge more often without worry. Alternatively, get your teeth cleaned right after the holidays to make sure that you haven’t incurred any damage.

Don’t Neglect Good Brushing and Flossing Habits

The Canadian Dental Association, or CDA, recommends brushing and flossing at least twice daily — preferably after every meal. Don’t let holiday parties and shopping trips get in the way of oral hygiene. Instead, leave yourself reminders to brush and floss often so that you can remove bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth as well as from between them.

Ask your dentist for help if you don’t know how to brush and floss properly. You can also follow the CDA’s helpful illustrated guide. Consider using an electric toothbrush if you have trouble getting your teeth fully clean using a manual model.

Do Choose Low-Sugar Holiday Foods and Beverages

Say no to sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, gumdrops, candy canes, and taffy. All these foods can destroy your tooth enamel and encourage bacterial growth. To keep your smile safe, choose healthier alternatives. For instance, gingerbread cookies have much less sugar than sugar cookies and snickerdoodles. Other excellent choices include oatmeal- and nut-based cookies.

Pumpkin pie proves healthier for your teeth than pecan pie. It’s lower in sugar, and it also doesn’t present a chipping hazard for your pearly whites. Additionally, when you make yams this holiday season, leave out the brown sugar and marshmallow topping. Enjoy the potatoes in their natural state or with a slice of butter.

If you’re feeling deprived, take an extra helping of cranberries. Recent research shows that they can help prevent dental cavities. Plus, they’re delicious!


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