How to Care for Your Teeth During Holidays

The holidays are a big time in our lives that tend to involve lots of travel, family time, food and maybe a little bit of stress. All of these things get us off of our normal routine, which means often times our oral hygiene suffers.

Here are a few holiday oral health tips and tricks for the upcoming season to help keep your mouth healthy.

1. Make Your Dental Appointment

Maybe you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, go ahead and schedule your appointment before the hustle and bustle of the holidays gets here. Routine checkups and cleanings can help prevent you from needing more extensive dental work. You also don’t want to put off needed dental work. If you know you need a few fillings or a
crown, go ahead and get that done. The last thing you want is to be at the dinner table on Thanksgiving or Christmas and have a toothache.

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2. Have a Routine

Don’t skip your daily brushing and flossing routine just because you are busy or traveling. This will help prevent dental work after the holidays and help you feel your best. Remember to brush for two minutes, twice daily and you should be flossing daily as well. Learn More: Oral Health: How to Brush Your Teeth

3. Stick with Light-Colored or Clear Drinks

If you are trying to keep your teeth pearly white, it is important to avoid the drinks that can stain your teeth. Stick with light colored drinks to prevent surface stains. Learn More about Teeth Whitening

4. Mix in Healthy Foods

We all know that food during the holidays tends to be the sticky, sweet, and sugary. Not to mention the sweet treats and snacks! While you can eat these in moderation, also snack on foods that are good for you teeth like cheese or fresh veggies.

5. Drink Lots of Water

There are lots of holiday beverages that are loaded with sugar and bad for your teeth. Be sure to always drink lots of water. This will help wash away any acid or sugary substances stuck on your teeth. Why is drinking lots of water so important? Learn more here.

6. Chew Sugarless Gum

Chewing sugarless gum will help stimulate salivary flow which ultimately protects your teeth. Chewing gum can also help prevent snacking in between meals.

Most importantly, remember to enjoy the time with your loved ones. The holidays should be a fun time and not a stressful one. So start making it less stressful by taking care of your teeth to prevent any emergencies.

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Have a happy and safe Holiday from all of us at Luff Dental!

We hope you can implement some of these simple holiday oral health tips. As you can see, oral health is very important to us. It’s more than a perfect “Hollywood Smile”, we want to make sure our patients have healthy teeth, mouth and gums, because if their mouth is healthy … their body has a better chance of being healthy too. And at Luff Dental, we are always accepting new patients. We’re here to help you overcome any dental health challenges you or your family may be experiencing.

Dr. Luff and her Team wish you a fun, festive and fabulous holiday season!

Work with Dr. Luff and her team to find the most effective solution for your smile! We are always accepting new patients in the Lee’s Summit, MO and surrounding area who are ready to improve the health of their teeth, their confidence and smile! Please call Luff Dental at (816) 875-3391 to schedule your appointment.