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Maintaining a Healthy Smile Through the Holidays

Published by Brian Homann DDS

With the holiday season approaching quickly, it’s understandable to be excited about the delicious food associated with each holiday. However, as always, it’s important to keep your oral health in mind when making decisions about what to eat. Here are some great ways to maintain a healthy smile through the holidays from your dentist in Elk Grove Village.

Limit the Sticky Holiday Treats

Sticky candies such as taffy and hard candies tend to stick to your teeth and cause issues with your tooth enamel. When possible, choosing candies such as chocolate that dissolve quicker in the mouth can help prevent any damage to your tooth enamel.

Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools

If you are hosting a Thanksgiving or New Years party, make sure you have the right tools on hand. Don’t use your teeth as nutcrackers, package cutters, or bottle openers!

Maintain a Routine

Although it is one of the busiest times of the year, you should be sure to pay the same amount of attention to your dental routine during the holiday season. Even if you are staying in a hotel, with a relative, or at home, make sure you brush twice a day, floss at least once, and keep up with your regular cleanings at the dentist in Elk Grove Village.

Drink Plenty of Water

One of the easiest ways to maintain good oral hygiene is simply by drinking water. Drinking enough water will flush away debris and keep your mouth feeling fresh, in addition to refreshing fluoride to keep your teeth healthy and strong.

After the holidays, it’s a good idea to schedule a checkup and cleaning. For more information on dental hygiene throughout the holiday season, contact your dentist in Elk Grove Village.

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