How will you celebrate the holidays with your family this year? Many people will travel for at least one seasonal gathering, with some taking multiple trips to enjoy the different special occasions that take place at the end of the year. While this can be a rewarding series of trips, it can also become a real disruption for your smile care routine. Make sure you take care of your teeth and gums as you travel, and be smart about what you eat and drink at different events. By taking good care even at an active time, you make yourself less likely to need restorative care after the holidays! Our St. Louis, MO dentist’s office is here to help if an issue does form that needs our attention. Of course, we are also here to provide guidance as well as the kind of in-office oral health support that makes future difficulties less likely to occur.
There are several reasons why someone can have a tougher time preventing cavities around the holidays. One is that we tend to find ourselves at gatherings where an assortment of tempting snacks and desserts expose us to more sugar than normal. Another is that travel can have a disruptive effect on our oral hygiene efforts. When these issues occur around the same time, they can make it more difficult for you to keep your smile in good condition. Fortunately, awareness and the right preventive measures can help make sure you do not spend your time after the holidays visiting us for restorative dental work!
Just as you should maintain your normal schedule for dental exams and cleanings throughout the year, you should prioritize your daily smile care routine. Inconsistencies can lead to tartar buildup and more difficulties with your oral health. Make sure that you thoroughly brush and floss even while you are traveling and on the road. If you plan to drive to a holiday gathering, be mindful of your snack choices, as many quick options can be higher in sugar.
There may be certain holiday desserts that you spend the year dreaming of, but too much of these tasty treats can be a problem for your enamel! Practicing moderation at events is important. Snacking before an event and drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated can help you avoid overindulging and making your cavity risk higher.
When you make good choices and take care to protect your smile from harm, you can avoid facing cavity problems after the holidays are over! Our St. Louis, MO dentist’s office can offer guidance to help you stay protected against decay at all times of year. We can also offer the sort of direct support that makes you less likely to deal with difficulties. If you would like to find out more, reach out to Magnolia Family Dental today at 314-822-4521.