How to Take Care of Your Oral Health During the Holidays and Pandemic
During the holidays, oral health is more important than ever. It’s when we’re surrounded by our favorite sweet treats, which–while delicious–can hinder our oral health. Add in the pandemic, and it’s all too easy to be tempted by a dessert or two. The downside is that excess sugar is a recipe for cavities.
Not to worry, though! Tri-City Dental Care is here with a few simple solutions to promote your family’s oral health this season.
Taking Care of Your Oral Health During the Holidays and Pandemic
Keeping your child’s mouth healthy starts with practicing good dental care habits yourself. The more steps you take to promote your health, the more your child is likely to do so.
Here are some pointers to help you protect your oral health during the holidays and pandemic:
Mindful eating matters.
The definition of mindful eating is observing all the flavors and textures within each bite of food and slowly consuming it so that you can enjoy it to the fullest. It means being conscious of your food choices so that you’re nourishing your body and teeth with the healthiest options you can. Mindful eating also naturally limits mindless eating or stress eating, which is the main culprit behind excessive sugar consumption.
That isn’t to say you must avoid sugar completely. Sweets are okay in moderation when consumed with a meal, but we recommend steering clear of sticky, hard candies, which can linger on your teeth and cause tooth decay. Instead of stocking seasonal treats for your little ones, fill a bowl in the kitchen with fresh fruits and veggies instead.
It’s not just about brushing your teeth.
As a general rule, it’s good to brush your pearly whites twice per day and after eating sweets. We encourage you to make it a part of your child’s morning and night routine. Get them excited about the process, or better yet, join them to show them that everyone needs to keep their teeth clean–even Mom and Dad.
But as you might have guessed, oral health involves much more than brushing. It’s also about flossing, using mouthwash, and even a tongue scraper. These practices help you eliminate plaque in tricky areas you can’t get to with a toothbrush alone, such as beneath the gums, between teeth, and the soft tissues of your mouth.
For the best oral health during the holidays and pandemic, the trick isn’t to steer clear of all your favorite sweet treats. It’s to practice mindful eating and good oral health. Savor each bite of food, and brush and floss often. These are the building blocks of a healthy mouth.
When you need a family dentist, look no further than Tri-City Dental Care. We’re quick, efficient, and great at helping you and the kids feel comfortable at each visit. Schedule an appointment today.