It is my most favorite time of the year. The Fall has come and the seasonal fun is beginning. I know I am going to spend lots of time with my family and also hanging out with my friends for all kinds of gatherings and parties. This is a time to enjoy my favorite snacks, desserts, and wonderful holiday drinks. The pumpkin spice latte is now available at Starbucks and I know it is time to indulge. But this is also the time of year that my teeth take the worst pounding. I know that the health of my dental routine is probably not good enough to get past my indulgence in this holiday season. So I wanted to make myself a list of tips to personally follow to help me stay healthy and safe for this season. With COVID-19 all around I know that being healthy is really important right now and staying away from medical situations is key.
Really the one thing that I love about the Holiday is the thing I should avoid the most. But really avoiding won’t be an option for me. If I give up sugar and sweet drinks then I will most likely just binge later on and ruin the whole plan. So really trying to limit the amount of sugary and highly acidic food and drinks is a good idea. When it comes to sugary coffees I am going to limit those to times after I have brushed my teeth and when a new brushing is coming. I am also planning on not going nuts on eating sugary foods. These are really bad on your teeth and can eat away at your enamel. That can really become a problem if you constantly are putting sugar on your teeth. Plaque is a big issue and when all of these things combine they get worse. So my goal is to cut back and eat and drink sparingly, but not stop it altogether.
I am also planning on keeping my mouth clean after eating and drinking bad things for the season. Water is a great way to rinse the bacteria causing and enamel eroding things off your teeth and out of your mouth. So carrying a bottle of water with me is going to be a staple of my holiday. I have several nice mugs and stainless steel water bottles that fit all times of the day where I would need one. At a party, just make sure to switch out every other drink from cider to water. Or an adult beverage to a water after each one. This will help you clean your mouth and also help you stay hydrated enough to produce saliva.
Saliva is a great way to help your teeth during this season because it is a natural cleaner. So by drinking water you are not only rinsing your teeth but also creating a cleaner in your mouth to act as a nice mouthwash. This is important to keep up on and a great idea to work on staying healthy. Just keep water in mind and many good things will come from it.
It is also good to keep some disposable brushes with you too. I like the mini ones you can use quickly and toss after you eat dessert. It is a great way to keep your health up and still enjoy that seasonal snack.