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How to care for your teeth during the holidays

The holidays are here and when it comes to this time of the year, taking care of your health takes more effort than usual. With desserts, sweets, and candy canes at every turn, it’s important to be diligent when choosing what to eat! With this time of year being so busy there is little time to devote to your health. Below are 6 tips to help you through this holiday season and to make sure your gums and teeth are healthy at the end of the holiday season! These tips can be helpful for dinners, office parties, and when passing the dessert trays on the kitchen counter!

1. Routine, Routine, Routine

The holidays can be a hectic time for many people. But like any time during the year, sticking to a routine is very important. Be sure to continue brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day- morning and night. If you are traveling, don’t forget to pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss!

2. Drink water!

Skip the sodas and teeth-staining drinks and drink more water! Water contains fluoride which helps keep your teeth strong and healthy. Water also helps keep your gums hydrated and will help wash away particles from your teeth.

3. Keep your dentist appointment

Don’t skip your dentist appointment! For many people their 6 month check up at the dentist falls around the holidays. Make sure to be at that appointment! The last thing you want during the holiday time when your dentist is closed is a tooth nagging you!

4. Eat more…TURKEY!

Did you know that turkey contains phosphorus AND protein? Both are great for your teeth! Skip the sweets and load up on the delicious turkey.

5. Fruits and Veggies vs. Sweets

When you think of the holidays, cookies, cakes, and pies come to mind and to our tables. This season, limit your sweet tooth and trade some of the desserts for a fruit plate or a veggie tray! Crisp fruits and raw vegetables like apple, carrots, and celery are perfect for food trays and to munch on! For the dinner plate look to load your plate with sweet potatoes and broccoli.

6. Stocking stuffers

Toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss are great stocking stuffers! Stuff your family’s stockings with each of these things and be stocked for the next few months. Remember, it is important to replace your toothbrush every three to four months.

We hope these tips help you keep your gums and teeth healthy this holiday season! If you need to schedule an appointment call us at (334) 279-0760. We would love to welcome you to Montgomery Dentistry. We care for our patients on a personal level and desire to see each one leave our office with spectacular dental health and a confident smile. Give us a call today!

About the Author

  • Dr. Amy Morrison Anderson

    Dr. Amy Morrison Anderson

    Dr. Amy Morrison Anderson joined our practice in July 2005. She is a lifelong resident of Montgomery, and a graduate of Jefferson Davis High School, Auburn University, and the University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Dentistry.

    She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Alabama Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

    Dr. Anderson most enjoys doing veneers. “The reward of seeing my patients’ self-confidence and self-esteem boosted by a beautiful smile is immeasurable.”

    Brandon, her husband, is also a graduate of Jefferson Davis High School and Auburn University. They have one daughter, Bailey Elizabeth, and twin sons, Caden and Cole.

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