How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy This Thanksgiving

The holidays can be a particularly challenging time for keeping your teeth in the best shape. With so much temptation to eat and drink, upsets to routine and the potential for stress, there are a lot of factors that can lead to dental problems post-holiday. The good news? There are precautions you can take to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy through the season!

Keep Up Your Routine

Changes to your regular routine like travel and house guests can all wreak havoc on your dental care. To combat any potential issues caused by these factors, try keeping up with your flossing and brushing daily. You can carry a small travel dental kit on vacations that allows you to brush after meals, even while on the road. Furthermore, when traveling away from home, you can pack OTC pain medicine and dental gauze in case of an emergency. Be sure that you have insurance and other necessary information with you, and do not delay in seeking care because it could lead to more costly and serious problems later.

Moderate Treats

Be aware of how many sweets you are eating, and try to brush even more frequently than usual if necessary. Wine can damage the enamel on your teeth, so try not to hold it for long in your mouth. Drinking water between glasses can also help wash away some of the acidic effects left from food and drinks.

Watch Your Stress Levels

Stress can cause you to eat more tooth-damaging sweets and drink more alcohol than you normally would. It can also make you grind your teeth. You may want to speak to your dentist in advance about solutions such as a custom night guard to keep you from clenching your jaw as you sleep.

Daxon Dentistry Can Help

Before, during and after your holiday, Daxon Dentistry can provide advice and treatment that will keep your teeth healthy. Unless you have an incident during the holiday season that requires more immediate attention, consider having a post-holiday cleaning to make sure you’re back on track for a healthy smile. Call Daxon Dentistry today or schedule an appointment online.