The holidays are just around the corner, and so are the many sweets and treats that come with them. Whether it’s pie and ice cream after a big Thanksgiving meal, cocoa on a cool night, or some precious homemade cookies, there’s a lot of sugary treats around this time of year. While sugar isn’t good for your oral health, indulging in the holiday desserts shouldn’t have to have a negative impact on your oral health. As such, we wanted to share some dental hygiene tips for the holidays.
Reason to Smile is proud to provide a variety of dental services to those around Salt Lake City. With Dr. Vernon and his experienced team, you’d be hard-pressed to find a dental office more dedicated to keeping your smiles bright, white and healthy! If you’re interested in any of our dental services, call our SLC office today! Otherwise, keep reading to learn some of our dental hygiene tips for the holidays.
Dental Hygiene Tips for the Holidays
- Brush After Dessert: This can certainly be a hassle in the midst of your holiday festivities, but brushing your teeth right after dessert can help prevent cavities and decay. With enough time, sugar can break down and invite dangerous bacteria to settle around your teeth. When you brush right after dessert, you can enjoy all the holiday sweets without it affecting your oral health!
- Find Time for a Checkup & Cleaning: No doubt the holidays are a busy time for you and your family, but it’s also an important time to get into the dentist for a routine checkup and cleaning.
Substitute Sweet Desserts for Fresh Fruit: Between the pie, ice cream, hot chocolate, and homemade caramel, find a way to sneak in some fresh fruit! Peaches and yogurt, for example, are a great dessert substitute after a big holiday meal.
- Don’t Forget to Floss: While you should be flossing every day, the holidays are not a time to neglect your flossing routine. When traces of food sit between your teeth, they can break down and lead to irritated gums or tooth decay.
Ready for a Holiday Checkup and Cleaning?
If you’re interested in a dental checkup & cleaning, don’t hesitate to contact Reason to Smile today! You can call us at (801) 719-5447 to schedule a consultation today. Or, feel free to contact us here!