The holiday season is upon us! Now is the time to take a break from the worries of the world and instead indulge in some quality time spent doing whatever it is you wish. Centennial Smiles is here with some tips on how to make the most out of your holiday vacation time.
Take Preventative Care
The holidays are for relaxing, but not when it comes to your oral health! Taking care of your teeth is a year-round process, so it’s important to monitor yourself and make sure you don’t start slacking off. This also goes for your children! Stick to the brushing and flossing habits that you hold to so well during the year, and don’t let the change in schedule affect the frequency of your brushing. This is especially important during the holidays, when you’ll likely be increasing your consumption of sugary treats. Your sweet tooth might be in heaven, but your other teeth won’t be as pleased!
Take Care of Yourself
It’s been a long and hard year, but also a productive one. Make sure you take some time off this holiday season to unwind and spend some quality time with your family. Take care of yourself! Even from a dental perspective, stress can play a major role in the quality of your oral health. Too much stress can cause lifestyle changes that will adversely impact your teeth, such as increasing sugar consumption. Stress can also change the chemical composition of your saliva. This change can be so drastic that it is often used as a diagnostic tool in labs. Your saliva coats your teeth and gums constantly, so you want to make sure that it’s kept properly balanced. For example, saliva that becomes too acidic can lead to an increase in tooth decay rates. Taking care of yourself is an essential part of taking care of your teeth! So try your best to shed the strains of work, school, or the other stress inducing aspects of life, if even just for a little.
Enjoy Treats in Moderation
It is no secret that sugary treats are a major component of the holidays, and they should be! Chocolate and candy should be enjoyed every now and then, but take care that you’re doing so in moderation and in a responsible manner. Too much sugar intake will cause the bacterial populations in your mouth the skyrocket, leading to an increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay. The last thing you want during this festive time is to get bogged down by a nasty toothache!
Centennial Smiles wishes all our clients happy holidays filled with laughter and joy. We look forward to seeing all your smiling faces in the new year. You can reach us at 587-353-5060 if you’re looking to fit in a quick checkup before the holidays hit.