The holiday season is that time of year that stirs fond childhood memories of turkey and dressing, stockings, and the smell of fresh pine. We capture those nostalgic moments with the snap of a camera lens. To ensure that your award-winning smile stays intact for such moments, your Scarborough dentist provides the do’s and don’ts for this holiday season.
What Should You Do During the Holidays to Protect Your Smile?
- Schedule an Appointment – At the first sight of any problems, contact your Scarborough dentist. By getting seen early, you can prevent a minor problem from becoming major.
- Don’t Run to the Sugar – Choose low-sugar snacks and beverages. Sugary products eat away at your tooth enamel. Protect your smile by choosing a healthier option like fruit, which is full of naturally occurring sugars that are less harmful to your teeth.
- Pay Attention – It’s easy at a holiday party to mindlessly eat. To prevent that, be present mentally. Upon arrival at your gathering, scope out the food selection. Find the items that align with your goals of healthy, pretty teeth, like fruits and vegetables, and stick to your plan.
- Have Fun – Healthier eating and drinking are not “party poopers.” There’s so much more that you can do. Challenge yourself to find all the many other activities you can participate in that won’t leave you worried about getting cavities or plaque buildup, like playing games, decorating, and taking photos while flashing your confident smile.
Avoid These Holiday Missteps
- Don’t Ignore Your Dental Hygiene – The simple things like brushing and flossing your teeth are just as important during the holidays as any other time of the year. A helpful trick is to set a reminder on your smartphone so that you’ll find time during the day to take care of your teeth.
- Don’t Snack Between Meals – Sometimes snacking between meals can fall into the category of mindless eating. And, unfortunately, most of the food selections usually aren’t healthy in such a scenario, contributing to tooth decay.
- Strike a Balance – It’ possible to be hospitable to your guest while maintaining your goals of healthier eating. Although their desires may be for more traditional holiday treats, you can have set your items aside to help curb any cravings. It all just comes down to a little bit of planning.
You most certainly can enjoy your holiday without enduring the regret that many feel afterwards by keeping these tips in mind.
About the Author
Samantha Amaro, DMD received her degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. As a member of the Ontario Dental Association, Royal College of Dental Surgeons, Toronto Academy of Dentistry, and the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Amaro values helping each patient achieve a beautiful smile and live pain free. She practices at White Willow Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at 1940 Eglinton Ave E., Ste 102. She can be reached for more information through her website.