It can be challenging to maintain your healthy smile over the holidays. Less-than-healthy treats are hard to resist! And you may not have as much time to devote to your oral and overall health. Follow these easy tips for great oral health during the holidays and give yourself a gift that keeps giving all year long.
Cavity-causing candies, desserts, breads, chips, crackers and other sugar and carb-filled foods are everywhere this time of year. Here’s how you can keep from overindulging in foods that can damage your smile:
Try replacing sugary desserts with a delicious, incredibly easy fruit salad. Just slice and combine one banana, one apple and two pears with 7 ounces of plain Greek yogurt, then garnish with 4 tablespoons of walnuts and 3 tablespoons of fresh cranberries.
Make sure you also drink plenty of water to clean your teeth and avoid cavity-causing dry mouth.
There are plenty of excuses to skip regular exercise during the holidays. Schedules are busy, you may be traveling, colder weather may discourage outdoor exercise, etc. However, there are even better reasons to stay active. Exercise can help reduce stress to keep your mouth and body healthy.
Look for opportunities to work in activity where you can:
Maintain your regular schedule of brushing twice a day and flossing regularly. And take full advantage of preventive dental coverage before the end of the year. If you have remaining tax-free dollars in a flexible spending account, consider using them on any needed dental services that are eligible for reimbursement.
If you had to cancel or reschedule your dental appointment this year, get back on your regular schedule of dental visits so you can keep smiling all season.
When you keep your focus on family, friends, and fun, it’s easier to keep healthful habits during the holidays and all year long.
*Updated December 2022