It’s not easy to stay healthy during the holidays. Sweets seem to appear everywhere you go, and with all of the present-wrapping and card-writing, there’s not much time to devote to you and your family’s health and well-being.
Check our top 5 tips for keeping your mouth and teeth healthy during the holidays:
1. Have a routine. Santa always brushes his teeth two times a day, for two minutes, and you should too! It’s what keeps your mouth healthy in December and all year long.
2. Choose carrots. (That means you, Santa!) Cookies and sweets are nice holiday treats, but instead of reaching for another candy cane, choose the carrots. Eat healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables.
3. Don’t forget the dentist! The holidays can be a busy time, but that doesn’t mean you can forget about your teeth. Beat the frantic end-of-holiday rush and book your family’s dental appointments now to get your kids’ teeth checked before they head back to school.
4. Drink water. You need a lot of energy for holiday activities, but avoid drinking sodas, sports drinks and juices with lots of sugar. Instead, drink water with fluoride in it to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
5. Protect your teeth. Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports – or reindeer games – these holidays. Kids may be at risk of dental injuries when climbing trees, playing touch in the park with their mates or having an informal game of cricket with the family on Christmas Day.
Reference: American Dental Association