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Caring For Your Dental Health During The Holidays

November 13, 2022
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You are not alone if you struggle to maintain healthy dental habits during the holiday season. The holiday season brings with it a lot of sweets, from candies to beverages. On top of that, late-night parties and irregular sleep can break our brushing and flossing habits.

In this blog, we’ll talk about how you can enjoy the holidays to their fullest while caring for your oral health.

1. Use an electric brush

There are two persuasive reasons to switch to an electric toothbrush. First, electric toothbrushes are more effective in cleaning food particles. The second advantage makes it ideal for the holidays as a potential gift item and to help manage dental health. Lastly, an electric toothbrush works effectively on the plaque in a fraction of the time with minimal effort. With an electric toothbrush, many are equipped with a built-in timer, sensors, brushing modes, and additional functions, just smile and let the brush do the work.

2. Manage sweet consumption

Everyone loves sweets, especially kids. If you have kids in the house, minimizing their consumption of sugary treats and beverages can be challenging. Try keeping them out of site, or discussing limits is an excellent way to set sugary boundaries. Redirecting their attention to festive activities may help them forget about their sweet tooth.

In addition, it’s a good idea to take the kids to the dentist after the holiday season. According to pediatric dentistry experts, children should visit the dentist every 3 or 6 months for regular procedures like cleanings and fillings.

3. Keep dental floss with you

If you’re attending parties or going out to eat and drink, keeping some dental floss with you will come in handy. You can easily floss your teeth between meals and avoid potentially embarrassing situations. It’s a simple habit that keeps your teeth and gums healthy.

4. Use mouthwash

Mouthwash is a handy dental care product many people need to use. Regular use of mouthwash after brushing and flossing prevents infections and bad breath. But that’s not all. You can also rinse your mouth with mouthwash between meals during the day. Mouthwash refreshes your breath in a few seconds and helps you feel awake. Use mouthwash this holiday season for better oral health.

5. Schedule an appointment with a dentist

Yellow teeth, plaque, and bad breath lower our confidence and make it difficult to interact with others at social events. But a quick visit to the dentist for cosmetic dentistry procedures can give you a sparkling white smile in no time. To look and feel better, many go for teeth whitening dental treatments before the holiday season. Visiting the dentist is the only way to get safe yet quick results.

6. Give dental care gifts

From cute toothbrushes for children to at-home dental care kits, there are plenty of dental care gifts you can give your loved ones. It’s a thoughtful and helpful gift for people of all ages. Moreover, kids love to use fancy and creative dental care products. Lip balm, flavoured dental floss, and sugar-free gum makes great stocking stuffers.

7. Have a routine

It’s much easier to stick to good dental care practices when you have a daily routine. If you make it a habit to brush and floss first thing in the morning and maintain oral hygiene at night, you will breeze through the holiday season with no oral issues.

8. Use herbal products

There are hundreds of herbal dental care products in the market. If regular toothpaste and mouthwash brands aren’t working for you, try switching to herbal and all-natural dental care brands. In a pinch? Drink peppermint tea; not only is it festive, but it also helps keep your breath fresh compared to coffee.

9. Replace sweets with fruits

Can’t control your sweet tooth? A simple remedy is to swap sweet items for fruits like berries and naturally sweet dates. Natural fructose present in fruits is much less harmful than artificial sweeteners and table sugar.

10. Control coffee, tea, and soda consumption

Dark beverages have staining properties that can make your teeth darker. Coffee, tea, and carbonated drinks are the biggest culprits of teeth staining. Avoid these beverages or at least manage their consumption for better oral health. If you can not avoid these items, try drinking them through a straw to minimize staining and discolouration.

The takeaway

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums while indulging in the festivities is perfectly possible. We hope this guide helps you take care of your oral health this holiday season. If you need additional guidance, contact Ashraf Dentistry today!

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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