The holidays are here with us and many people are planning for lots of parties and get-togethers with their friends and family. However, even with all the festivities around you, you should not forget about your dental health. When you stick to your dental regimen, you can rest assured that your smile will be great during the holiday season and the New Year.

We want to wish every patient a happy and fulfilling holiday season. No matter what you will be celebrating at this time of the year, we want you to be safe and enjoy this important time of the year with your friends and family.

Dental Tips for the Holiday Season

Stick to Your Dental Regimen

During the holiday season, people tend to be quite busy with a lot of social activities. However, this is the time when you need to take extra care of your oral health. You must brush your teeth twice every day for not less than two minutes and floss daily. All these will help to keep your oral cavity healthy during the festive season and into the New Year.

Be Cautious of Chewy Foods and Candies

Hard candies are very delicious, and they are also readily available, especially during the holidays. However, candy canes and peppermints may crack your teeth when you bite them down wrong. It is always better to allow candies to dissolve on their own to prevent damages like chipping or cracking of your teeth. You should also rinse your mouth with water and brush thoroughly after consuming any type of candy.

Minimize Intake of Beverages That Stain Your Teeth

If you want to keep your smile brighter and beautiful during the holiday season, you should minimize the intake of beverages that can stain your teeth. Some of these include coffee, cranberry juice, red wine, and tea. If you must drink them, then it is best to use a straw not to leave stains on your teeth.

Drink a lot of Water

Staying hydrated during the holiday season is important, particularly with the festivities when you want to look and feel your best. Water is also great for your teeth and gums. This is because plain water tends to wash away food residues and help dilute acids produced by bacteria in your mouth. This helps to lower the risks of tooth decay and guarantees a healthy and beautiful smile.

Lower your Sugar Intake

During the festive season, there are lots of sugary treats that will come your way. However, to maintain healthy gums and teeth, you should restrict your sugar intake. It would be best if you consumed sugary treats together with your food or shortly after eating. This is because while eating, your mouth produces lots of salivae and this can help to neutralize any acids created by bacteria and will wash off any food particles stuck between your teeth.

Do Not Go Overboard with Alcoholic Beverages

It is good to raise a toast to the Christmas and New Year season; however, avoid drinking excessively. It is believed that excess consumption of alcohol increases oral cancer risks, especially for those who also smoke. Alcohol tends to dehydrate the oral tissues, allowing carcinogens to permeate the tissues easily. Furthermore, a drier mouth will increase the risks of gum disease-causing tooth loss.

Visit Us at Sherwood Dental

Dental checkups and cleaning are vital for your dental health. They help to clean your teeth, strengthen and nourish your teeth, build an awesome smile, and prevent things such as gum disease and tooth decay. The Christmas holiday can be quite damaging to your gums and teeth, and this is why you should consider a dental checkup and teen cleaning after the holidays.

A happy and Prosperous New Year from the Sherwood Dental Team

As is the routine every year, we believe that 2021 will bring good tidings our way. We still anticipate normalcy and the best in everything, even with the tough COVID-19 pandemic we experienced in 2020. Dental health should still be a priority, even with the festivities that are celebrated in December. At Sherwood Dental, we offer various dental services that can help boost your smile.

We take the time to discuss the different cosmetic treatment regimens available with our clients. We even schedule an initial consultation to get an exhaustive dental analysis and checkup and have all your queries answered. Some of the dental procedures include:

Teeth Whitening

Everyone desires white, sparkling teeth, and our team can help you achieve that. We have years of experience whitening teeth, and we know the different products and techniques to use to achieve a beautiful, white smile. With our in-office whitening services, you will never have to deal with the messy do-it-yourself teeth whitening procedures at home.

Dental Implants

If your tooth or teeth is missing, we can help you replace them with dental implants.  Most people have been using dentures for many years when it comes to the replacement of teeth. However, we recommend dental implants because they offer more stability and strength to the missing tooth by providing a crown and an artificial root.

Dental Veneers

If your teeth are extremely stained and all teeth whitening techniques have failed, we recommend the use of dental veneers. This involves the replacement of the enamel of stained and discoloured tooth using a porcelain replacement that looks almost natural that nobody will notice the difference.

Happy Holidays From Sherwood Dental

We hope that our holiday tips for healthy gums and teeth will be a helpful reminder for everyone to be mindful of their dental health during the holidays. We want to help our patients keep their teeth healthy during the holiday season and beyond, while still enjoying the best times with family and friends. Don’t forget to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning after the holiday and New Year festivities.