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Oral hygiene after the holidays must top your list

Oral hygiene after the holidays must top your list

Let good oral hygiene routines roll back as the year starts

Oral hygiene may be altogether neglected in the season of festivities and food. As much as it is difficult to maintain good oral hygiene, it is all too easy to neglect it. For both adults and children, it becomes a tougher time to keep the oral hygiene routine during the holidays. From the sweets of Halloween to the sugary sweets from the winter holidays, your teeth are taking more than its regular dose of sugar. Throw in the long road trips and late bedtimes. See, there are just a gazillion things that conspire to get you out of your routine for proper oral hygiene. Of course you would not want to be the stick in the mud in the most fun time of the year. But surely, you also don’t want to lose those healthy teeth and gums over one holiday celebration.

Since the holidays are over and we are all into the new-year-new-me vibe, make your oral hygiene habits part of your action plans. It may be sickeningly redundant but truly, oral hygiene starts with proper brushing. Brush, brush, brush.

When you brush your teeth, make it count.

Don’t waste away two minutes only to partially clean your teeth. For all you know, your hard-to-reach areas may have been suffering the strain of being eroded during the holidays when your mouth was bombarded with sweets. As you may honestly report, you might not regularly have had the time to keep your usual brushing schedule during the busy holidays. So now that the excitement has simmered down, get back into your oral hygiene habits and keep your pearly whites in mind.

Be sure that you are brushing thoroughly and properly. Two minutes twice a day isn’t a lot of time. But it is a waste of time if you do not get the job done with proper brushing. So get your soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste and put them to work. Remember that your teeth have the front, back, side, top, and bottom surfaces. Target these surfaces when you brush. Include the insides of your mouth and your tongue.

Unwanted bacteria can gather on your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

You don’t want to play host to these only to put your teeth and gums at risk of cavities and disease. Follow through brushing with flossing. Then rinse with mouth wash after fifteen minutes or so. It is ideal to let the fluoride from your toothpaste do its job first before rinsing with mouth wash.

Now that the last of the holiday treats may have already left your fridge and food storage, focus on treats that are healthy for the mouth and teeth. Make up for the holiday sweets intake by avoiding food with extra sugar. Think of all the caramel popcorn, sugar cookies, eggnog, and chocolate chip you consumed during the holidays. Surely, your teeth deserve better treats now that can do it little to no harm.

Treats like cheese, gingerbread, and peppermint may just make it to the top of your list.

Avoid hot drinks like hot chocolate and ice as extreme temperatures weaken the teeth. In addition, coffee, tea, and wine can stain teeth. Be sure to allow your toothpaste and mouthwash to do what they have to do following the holidays. It would be smart to visit your dentist for a thorough cleaning or whitening if necessary.

Now is the time to swap out starchy and sugary treats with mouth-friendly food like cheese and fruits. Fresh fruits like peaches, strawberries, and vegetables like carrots will balance out the sweet and starchy food you have indulged on in the holidays. They also help clean out the food particles from in between your teeth. Drink water frequently, too. Water rinses out food particles so they don’t stay in the mouth and breed bacteria. Your teeth will be so happy after all the sugar it had to take in the holidays.

Watching what you put in your mouth and keeping your oral hygiene schedule consistently plays a huge part in recovering and maintaining your oral health.

You realize now that you and almost everybody have been harshest to your teeth during the holidays. It is no wonder that this time of the year sees a lot of cracked and chipped teeth and even loose fillings. Be kind to your teeth following the holidays. Surely it won’t be a great start of the year if you have to spend it with a toothache or recovering from a preventable dental procedure.

FAQ: Is cinnamon gum really good for the teeth?

It may come as a surprise that cinnamon gum can actually do some good to your teeth. It contain an ingredient called cinnamon aldehyde. Cinnamon aldehyde is an essential oil that gives flavor to the gum. As gums normally do, they awaken the salivary glands, allowing saliva to rinse off food particles from the teeth. But more than just that, this component in the cinnamon gum also hunts down and destroy bacteria that causes cavities and gum disease. It’s good to keep this handy during and even after the holidays. It’s a great way to keep bacteria at bay in between brushes. Plus, cinnamon also keeps your breath fresh longer.

What Des Moines Dental Group Says About Containing Oral Health Damage from the Holidays

As the holidays complicate things a little bit in maintaining good oral hygiene, it is a good idea to consult experts on dental care for a post-holiday cleaning. After all, new year is all about starting fresh and new. Keep your smile happy and healthy. Get expert advice on oral hygiene from the best in Iowa. Visit our Urbandale clinic or get an appointment at 2333 McKinley Ave Des Moines, IA 50321. Got any questions about oral health habits or need any help with what you have? Visit www.dmdentalgroup.com or call us at 515-512-5377 or 515-512-5339.

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