Everyone knows that one of the things that define the holiday season is sweet treats and scrumptious meals shared with family and friends. And while most of us would prefer not think about the consequences of indulging in these kinds of treats during this season, there are penalties for eating all those holiday delicacies. Some of the consequences of indulging too much are weight gain and unfortunately cavities. At Family Dental Health Plans we know how challenging it can be to keep from pigging out this time of year. However, we believe that by using a little judgment you can avoid visiting the dentist in January because you ate the wrong things at those Christmas meals. Here are some tips for protecting your teeth at the holidays.
- Brush after meals: Keep a toothbrush and toothpaste with you as you visit friends and relatives and use them after every meal. If you do not have access to a toothbrush or toothpaste rinse your mouth with water after meals.
- Consume fruits instead of candy: We all know how accessible candy canes and other hard candies are during the holidays. However, if you have a sweet tooth then try eating apples, oranges and other holiday staples instead of candy.
- Eat more veggies: Vegetables are generally low in sugars and high in fiber which helps to control appetite. Broccoli and carrots in particular are both loaded with vitamin A which is good for your teeth.
- Eat more turkey: Turkey is full of phosphorus and protein both of which help keep your teeth healthy.
- Avoid soda: Try consuming sparking water for the fizz instead of consuming sugar rich, tooth eroding sodas.
By using these tips you can help avoid veering too far off course with your dental hygiene program. If you should need a dental care provider, we have low income dental plans that are suited for every lifestyle. Just search our site for one of the many professionals who accept our plans.