Many people make it a point to watch their waistline during the holidays due to sugary treats and foods that are consumed. What many people may forget is that sugary foods affect more than just your waistline, they affect your teeth, too. To keep your teeth healthy during the holidays, there are a few important tips to follow.

Avoid Chewy Treats

From caramel apples to fruity taffy, there are several chewy treats that are made during the holidays but should be avoided. Sticky substances may be delicious, but they can cause tooth decay and will cling to your enamel. Pass on the treats completely to protect your pearly whites and reduce the risk of cavities that can develop. In some cases, a chewy treat may loosen an old, worn down crown. (call us if it does and we’ll fix you up with a new one.)

Don’t Use Your Teeth to Open Packages

You may be excited to open a bag of cookies or a gift on Christmas, but it’s important to avoid using your teeth to rip open the plastic packaging. Instead, find a pair of scissors to prevent an injury that can occur when trying to get a grip on the material. Using your teeth to open items can require a root canal or a crown if you damage a tooth beyond repair. You can also keep a bottle opener with you to avoid the temptation of using your teeth.

Increase Your Water Intake

Increasing your water intake during the holiday season will keep your teeth healthy and strong. Instead of reaching for a cup of juice or soda when you’re thirsty, opt for drinking water that contains fluoride. This can protect teeth from decay that occurs when sugar sits on your teeth for too long.

Schedule a Teeth Cleaning

Although you may be a little naughty with the foods that you eat during the holidays, you can maintain your teeth and gums by paying a visit to the dentist. Schedule a cleaning to remove plaque or stains that have developed on your teeth to ensure that you reduce the risk of tooth decay and enjoy whiter teeth that shine for the new year.

Create a Routine

Maintaining your teeth will require you to create a routine with your oral hygiene, which should include flossing once a day and brushing your teeth in the morning and at night. You can also use a water floss tool to remove food that is lodged between your teeth to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It’s also important to rely on a mouthguard at night if you grind your teeth and use it if you plan to play sports or reindeer games.

It’s important to enjoy the holiday season and spend time celebrating with your family and friends. Although you may be busy mingling with your loved ones and buying gifts, you’ll need to start the new year off to a good start by maintaining your teeth and protecting them from wear or damage each day.