The holidays are upon us, and with them come a host of temptations that have the potential to derail our oral health. Many people make an effort to avoid the typical holiday weight gain, but with so much evidence connecting your oral health to your overall well-being, it’s important to keep a healthy mouth in mind too.
Here’s a look at six ways you can keep your smile bright this holiday season, from the oral health experts at MouthHealthy.org.
Smile-Friendly Stocking Stuffers
The National Confectioners Association claims that 77% of people include candy in holiday gifts. That’s a lot of sugar!! If you plan to include candy in your gifts, consider chocolate. It’s easier to wash off teeth when compared to stickier sweets, and may offer other health benefits. You might also want to consider including a toothbrush or toothpaste with your gift too!
Carol While You Clean Your Teeth
It is widely known and accepted that the best dental hygiene routine includes two minutes of brushing, twice a day. One of the easiest ways to ensure you reach the full two minutes is to listen to a song of that length while you brush. During this festive time of year, why not choose a favorite holiday tune, like Jingle Bell Rock or Frosty the Snowman? Not only will you be doing your teeth a great service, you stand a better chance at winding up on Santa’s nice list too!
Don’t Open Gifts with Your Teeth
Everyone has that one aunt who is an expert gift wrapper, but please don’t use your teeth to try to get through that beautiful bow. You could end up cracking a tooth or injuring your jaw, and no one wants to make a trip to the emergency room on a holiday.
Welcome your guests with a small gift basket in their room when they arrive to help make them feel at home. Include festive items like cozy socks, favorite snacks, and travel-size toiletries they might have forgot to pack. In addition to shampoo, soaps and lotions, include a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and a mouth rinse.
Whiten Your Teeth in 30 Seconds or Less
In addition to at-home whitening treatments, you can give your smile the illusion of being brighter if you wear a red or pink lipstick with a blue undertone. Thanks to how your eye sees these colors, your teeth will instantly look whiter.
Stick to Your Routine
The holidays are crazy busy, packed with holiday parties, travel and other events. It’s easy to slip out of your routine, but you don’t have to wait until New Year’s to make a commitment to your health again. If you have a regular dental visit already scheduled, keep it, and if you’re due, call today and get it on your schedule. And as always, don’t forget to brush twice a day for two minutes and to floss regularly.