At every turn there seems to be a plate of cookies, a tray of chocolate, or visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads. Christmas season is in full swing and the sweet treats and sugary concoctions are upon us! While holidays can bring us so much joy, some stress, and confections, a little bit of effort in your oral health care routine can make all the difference for your smile and dental health. Here’s how to stay on top of your dental care and protect your teeth this holiday season.
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Sweet Alternatives – Try a Cheese and Meat Tray
Sweets can not only wreck some havoc on our teeth, they can also bother our stomachs and cause a buildup of harmful bacteria in our mouths. While it’s certainly okay to indulge in a few sweet holiday treats, keep in mind that meat and cheese trays are a much healthier snack option to protect your teeth. If you’re drinking soft drinks or any alcoholic beverages, cheese can also neutralize the acid in these drinks and are also a good source of calcium.
You can also enjoy:
- Fruit trays – Apples, strawberries, and kiwis can actually help scrub your teeth when you eat them. The natural fibers in these fruits, combined with your saliva, help wash away harmful bacteria.
- Vegetable trays – Carrots and broccoli are packed with Vitamin A, which helps strengthen your teeth’s enamel.
- Sugarless gum – Since you may not be able to sneak away to brush your teeth at a holiday party, chewing sugarless gum increases saliva production, which helps wash away any leftover food bits and bacteria.
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Stick to Your Daily Oral Health Routine
Routines are so helpful at keeping us feeling normal. Holidays can really interrupt our normal schedules and daily activities, so keeping to your daily oral health routine can become more difficult than ever – but it’s also more important than ever.
With an influx in sweets, alcohol, and other holiday goodies, our mouths can take a toll. Keep the bacteria at bay and strengthen your immune system by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. If you’re traveling, remember to pack your essentials to make your routine easy and protect your teeth!
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Add in More Water
Water is really the best thing you can drink. It helps hydrate us and give us glowing skin, but it also helps keep our mouths cleaner as well. Just like how saliva washes away bacteria, water also does this. It cleans away bacteria, freshens breath, and helps with digestion. All good things. Remember, if you’re going to enjoy a treat, eat it either with your meal when you have a lot of saliva production, or drink lots of water after to wash out any lingering bacteria.
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Are You Stressed and Grinding Your Teeth? Mouthguards are a Solution
Dr. Skrobanek can help prevent cracked and fractured teeth by designing a mouthguard or oral appliance to wear at night to keep you from clenching and grinding your teeth. We know there’s a dental health mental health link and thankfully, mouthguards are a wonderful way to protect your teeth at night. They can also help with sleep apnea and snoring. Each mouthguard will be custom-made by Dr. Skrobanek to fit your mouth comfortably and will keep your teeth separated so they don’t grind together.
There’s more good news: Custom mouthguards or oral appliance therapy is covered by many insurance plans and the team at GPS Dental can help answer any questions you may have about your coverage. Learn More HERE.
See Your Dentist ASAP
Many of us will lose our dental benefits come December 31, so it’s time to use them or lose them! Make an appointment today if you’re in need of a checkup or cleaning. The absolute best way to stay on top of your oral health is to see your dentist regularly.
GPS Dental Can Help You Protect Your Smile
Know you know more about how to protect your teeth and smile! It’s also important to stay up to date on your cleanings and routine visits with Dr. Skrobanek. In the meantime, having a strong and steady oral health routine – brushing twice a day and flossing once – is the best thing you can do for your oral health!
Dr. Gary P. Skrobanek and his experienced, friendly team at GPS Dental offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the San Antonio, TX area. Our Brooks City Base dentist office is conveniently located and offers early morning appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At GPS Dental, we provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to dental implants, sleep apnea, TMJ / TMD Treatment, cosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at (210) 633-3477 to make an appointment.