Now that Thanksgiving is over and December is well on its way, we bet you know what that means. Yep, the holiday season is upon us once again. Aside from family gatherings, good cheer, presents, and laughter the holiday season tends to bring with it lots of candy and other items not necessarily great for your oral health.
However, it just doesn’t seem like Christmas without freshly baked cookies, cupcakes, and candy canes. With that in mind Nashville, TN dentists Drs. Elam, Vaughn, and Fleming, along with the rest of their staff at Dentistry of Nashville have decided to try something different this year. Instead of making people afraid to enjoy their favorite seasonal treats, or trying to make them feel guilty for doing so, we have decided to write an article dedicated to finding a happy medium.
Let’s talk about a few ways you can both enjoy the great food of the holidays and maintain your oral health as well.
Be Careful with Those Candy Canes and Christmas Barks
One thing nearly everyone enjoys during the holidays is the taste of peppermint. For some reason, this flavor has become synonymous with the Christmas and the season that surrounds it. Nothing has more of a bold peppermint taste than those famous red and white candy canes.
However, the problem with candy canes is that they are very hard. When people eat hard candy, whether they mean to or not, they usually end up biting down on it. This is where problems can arise. Now, we’re not saying that you should abandon enjoying candy canes altogether, but if you are interested in preserving the health of your teeth, we might suggest moderating your consumption of them. This can help you avoid cracking or chipping your teeth. If you do eat a candy cane, suck on it. Do not chew or bite it.
Sing a Jingle for Ol’ Kris Kringle
Optimum tooth brushing time lasts about two minutes. However, one of the biggest problems dentists see is that people are not spending enough time brushing their teeth and this is causing oral health issues. During a season that is represented by cookies and visions of sugar plums, it’s more important than ever to make sure you are spending enough time brushing your teeth.
One way you can make sure you do so, and stay in the Christmas spirit all the while, is by timing a Christmas carol to a two-minute mark and humming or singing that jingle while you brush. This is a fun and festive way to keep your spirits up and your teeth in tip top shape.
Make Sure to Sample the Cheese Platter
We’ve all heard the saying that calcium helps to promote strong teeth and bones. Guess what has a ton of calcium in it? Cheese! Many of the holiday parties we will be attending this year will have a cheese platter out for guests to sample from. It’s a customary snack at parties and one that can have benefits for your teeth.
This year while you are socializing and spreading good cheer, make sure to sample from the cheese platter. The calcium in cheese will help give the defense system in your teeth a welcomed, though temporary, boost.
We hope some of these helpful holiday hint will aid you in keeping your teeth merry and bright this year.
Until next time readers, Have a happy Christmas and keep smiling.