The holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends and take lots of photos! But if you're not careful, all those photos could be a little bit embarrassing – especially if you're not careful about your dental hygiene.
Unfortunately, poor dental hygiene is all too common and can lead to some serious problems down the line. That's why we've put together this list of 5 dental hygiene tips to help you have a healthy holiday smile!
Brush & Floss Every Day
This is pretty basic, but it's still crucial! You should brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Just as importantly, you should be flossing once daily to remove any plaque and bacteria your toothbrush can't reach.
Use the Right Toothbrush & Toothpaste
It's vital to use the right toothbrush and toothpaste for your own unique needs. For example, if you have sensitive teeth, you'll want to use a toothbrush with soft bristles and toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. If you have gum disease, on the other hand, you might need to use medicated toothpaste. Talk to your dentist about what's right for you.
Avoid Sugary & Sticky Foods
Eating lots of sugary foods and drinks can cause tooth decay, so it's best to limit them as much as possible. We all know that holiday meals tend to be pretty unhealthy, but limiting sugar during this time of year is especially important. You should also avoid sticky foods, like caramels and gummies, that can stick to your teeth and promote tooth decay.
Watch Out for Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding (or bruxism) is a common problem that can be made worse by stress – something we all tend to experience during the holidays! If you notice that you're grinding your teeth more often, talk to your dentist about how to treat it. In the meantime, you might want to sleep with a mouthguard at night to protect your teeth from damage.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
You should visit your dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and exam – even if your teeth look healthy! This will help catch any small problems before they turn into big ones. Plus, it will help keep your smile looking shiny and bright.
Get a Consultation Now
Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry serves Round Rock and Austin, Texas, and can help you create your healthiest, most appealing smile. Call 512-329-5967 to schedule a consultation today.