This time of year can hold hidden dangers to your oral health for several reasons: increased availability of unhealthy food and beverages, added stress from family, work, and time constraints, and powerful attacks against our will power to maintain healthy habits.
Here are a few helpful hints from Cardiff Dental to help you improve your chances of maintaining your dental health this season. It is our hope that with just a little suggesting and awareness, you can affect a positive change in your behaviour that might be enough to help you avoid any serious dental problems this year.
To begin with, sugars and alcohol are the main contributors to the bacteria that attack teeth and cause gum disease. During the holidays, it is common for consumption of alcohol and sweets to increase dramatically. Try to mitigate that increase by being mentally prepared to resist unhealthy snacks and beverages. Remembering this at key times of temptations will help you to consume less.
Also, be sure to keep up your good homecare habits, or even improve them. Brushing and flossing everyday is essential. Get a portable toothbrush packet for brushing and flossing at unexpected times. Rinse regularly after a snack or a drink to help fight tooth decay. Deal with stress in healthy ways, like not neglecting your workout schedule and being sure to get enough sleep.
Lastly, consider the following suggestions for helping spread dental good cheer. Take the time and effort to teach children healthy dental homecare habits. Remember that the elderly, especially if they have infirmities, may need help to deal with dental hygiene situations unique to them. In December, make a habit of scheduling an early January dental visit for the whole family to prevent minor problems from becoming major problems.
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