Here are some tips to keep your teeth healthy despite temptations

It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities of the holiday season and occasionally let our dental health slip. We understand the challenge. After all, we like to have fun as much as anyone. That’s why we have compiled a comprehensive collection of tips to help you enjoy the holiday season while keeping your teeth healthy and bright.

Moderation is key

While it’s perfectly fine to indulge in your favorite holiday treats, remember that excessive sugar consumption can lead to tooth decay. Choose treats that are less sticky or dissolve quickly to reduce the risk. Avoid treats like caramels and peanut brittle that can cling to your teeth. Portion control is another strategy in your favor. For example, a small piece of fudge is a better choice than a large slice of pecan pie with whipped cream. Enjoy your treats with meals, as this will stimulate saliva production to neutralize acids and clear away food particles.

Embrace the cheese plate

Cheese is not only delicious, but also beneficial for your teeth. Dairy products like cheese are rich in calcium and phosphate, which can help rebuild tooth enamel and neutralize harmful acids. Among all the holiday treats, cheese is one of the best snack options for maintaining good dental health. There are a lot of Naples-area residents and seasonal visitors who have ties to Wisconsin. Many will be more than happy to assist with some cheese suggestions.

Stay hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is essential for overall health anytime, not just during the holiday season. Water helps rinse away food particles and bacteria from your mouth. It also plays a crucial role in cleaning your mouth after consuming staining drinks like red wine and coffee.

Stick to your oral health routine

Late-night gatherings and travel can disrupt your regular dental routine. It is important not to skip this aspect of your regular personal hygiene. Brushing and flossing are more critical than ever during the holidays to remove plaque and food particles. Remember to pack a travel kit or overnight bag when you’re on the go.

Hydrate between alcoholic beverages

Make sure to have a glass of water handy if you’re enjoying alcoholic beverages during holiday toasts. Alcohol can dry out your mouth and leave behind acidic residues, which can be harmful to your teeth. Drinking water between alcoholic drinks can help minimize these effects.

The veggie tray is your friend

The vegetable tray is a great option for a healthy snack that benefits your body and your teeth. Vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals that promote oral health. Avoid acidic foods like citrus fruits and tomato-based sauces if you can, and rinse your mouth with water afterward to remove any residue.

Schedule your dental cleaning

Finally, don’t forget to schedule your regular cleaning appointment with our friendly staff. If your insurance benefits are about to reset, we may be able to fit you in before the end of the year.

Following these tips will help you enjoy the holiday season to the fullest while also taking care of your dental health. Happy holidays!


About Dr. Dennis Lucas – Naples, Florida, dentist

Dr. Dennis Lucas performs cosmetic and restorative dental techniques, as well as traditional preventive dental services for patients in and around Naples, Florida. His expertise, supported by the latest in dental technology, ensures oral health plays a role in his patients’ total healthcare picture. Call (239) 262-5851 to schedule an appointment.