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Tips to make your Smile Sparkle during the Holidays

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With Halloween behind us, we are all focusing on Turkey Day and then, Christmas and New Years. It’s that time of year when holiday parties commence, and many of us spend time with close friends and family as we celebrate these memorable holidays. If there is one thing that is for sure, people will notice your smile as you enter the room and mingle. Your Poway cosmetic dentist at Smiles by Dr. Cook wants to share with you these tips to make your smile sparkle during the holidays and beyond!

Limit the wine

Many holiday parties are not complete with wine and cocktails. So for some, these libations can be refreshing, delicious, and can help tie your festivities together ensuring everyone has an enjoyable time. Did you know, however, that wine can stain your teeth? While we wouldn’t go as far as to say avoid wine all together, especially since it has proven health benefits, we do encourage you to limit your consumption of this beverage. Also, be sure that while you sip on your wine, you also drink plenty of water, which helps rinse away the wine from your teeth, limiting the possibility of staining.

Snacks – save the best for last

Snacks at holiday parties often include meat and cheese trays, as well as plenty of fruits and veggies. Cheese is a good option because it naturally helps cleanse the mouth of bad bacteria by replacing it with the good kind. And, due to it’s higher pH level, it has anti-cavity properties, according to research. Plus, cheese is loaded with calcium, a necessary nutrient for strong bones and dental enamel.

Choosing crisp, crunchy fruits and veggies such as apples, carrots, celery, and carrots also are good for your teeth and gums as the crunch of these foods help remove plaque buildup from your teeth. While you may want to indulge in some not so healthy treats this holiday season, finish up those final bites with some cheese, fruits, and veggies. Keep in mind, however, that snacking on these foods should not replace brushing and flossing, but will help minimize your risk of cavities between your brushing sessions.

Always brush, no matter what

We know how exhausting the holidays can be between travel, parties, decorating, cooking, and entertaining, you probably just want to plop into bed every night. But, resist the urge to go to bed without brushing and flossing. You’d be surprised to learn that skipping this step in your nightly routine can be a detriment to your oral health. Skipping that end of the day teeth cleaning means that everything you ate that day – breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, will be stuck on and between your teeth overnight. The bacteria in your mouth will feed on the leftover acids and sugars from your meals, and secrete acids on your teeth that lead to weakened dental enamel, cavities, and gum disease. So, the next time you want to climb into bed without brushing your teeth, don’t! Just take the two to three minutes necessary to remove all of the stuck on plaque and bacteria so that you can rest well knowing your oral health is protected.

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To learn more about protecting your oral health or to schedule an appointment, please call (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today. We welcome patients of Poway, and Rancho Bernardo, California.