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Keep Your Holiday Smile Healthy This Christmas

The holiday season is a time of indulgence and merrymaking. As we gather with friends and family to enjoy festive meals, drinks, and treats, it’s easy to forget the impact that all that sugar, carbs, and alcohol can have on our teeth and gums. But fear not! With a little bit of planning and conscientiousness, you can keep your holiday smile healthy and bright throughout the entire season.

In this blog post, we’ll share some tips and tricks on how to care for your teeth during holidays, so you can enjoy the festivities without compromising your oral health.

1. Eat mindfully and in moderation

It’s no secret that holiday feasting can wreak havoc on our waistlines, but did you know that it can also damage your teeth? When we consume sugary, starchy, or acidic foods and drinks, the bacteria in our mouths produce acid that erodes our enamel and causes tooth decay and gum disease. To minimize the harm and keep your holiday smile healthy, try to be mindful of what and how much you eat and drink during the holidays. Opt for healthier options like fiber-rich vegetables, fruits, nuts, and lean proteins, and limit your intake of sweets, carbs, and carbonated beverages. If you do indulge, rinse your mouth with water afterward to wash away any residue and neutralize the pH.

2. Keep your holiday smile healthy with an oral hygiene routine

It can be tempting to skip brushing and flossing during the holidays, especially if you’re traveling or staying up late, but this can spell trouble for your teeth and gums. Brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing once a day can remove plaque and food particles that feed the bacteria in your mouth and promote cavities and gingivitis, which keep your holiday smile healthy. If you don’t have access to a toothbrush or floss, try using sugar-free gum, mouthwash, or a tongue scraper to freshen your breath and dislodge any debris.

3. Watch out for dental emergencies

The holiday season can also be a time of accidents and emergencies, whether it’s a broken tooth, a loose filling, or a painful abscess. While you can’t always prevent these situations, you can be prepared for them and keep your holiday smile healthy. Make sure you have our contact information on hand, as well as a dental first aid kit with items such as temporary filling material, gauze, tweezers, and pain relievers. If you experience sudden or severe dental pain, swelling, or bleeding, seek our professional help as soon as possible.

4. Consider cosmetic and restorative dental treatments

If you want to keep your holiday smile healthy and boost your self-confidence, you may want to consider some cosmetic or restorative dental treatments. Teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, and contouring are all options that can address common aesthetic issues such as discoloration, misalignment, chips, gaps, and asymmetry. Alternatively, if you have missing, damaged, or decayed teeth, you may benefit from restorations such as dental implants, crowns, bridges, or dentures. Talk to us about your goals and budget and explore all the options available to you.

5. Schedule a post-holiday dental checkup

Finally, don’t forget to schedule a dental checkup and cleaning after the holidays are over. This can help us detect any early signs of dental problems and address them before they worsen. We can also give you personalized advice on how to maintain your oral health based on your individual needs and habits.


The holiday season can be a lot of fun, but it can also take a toll on your teeth and gums if you’re not careful. By eating mindfully and in moderation, keeping up with your oral hygiene routine, watching out for dental emergencies, considering cosmetic and restorative dental treatments, and scheduling a post-holiday dental checkup, you can keep your holiday smile healthy and bright for years to come. Happy holidays, and don’t forget to smile!

If you have any other dental questions or would like to book an appointment with us, don’t hesitate to reach out, we’d love to hear from you!