istock_000019702591mediumThe holidays bring family, friends and good times. It also brings a multitude of treats and sweets that are hard to refuse. With all that’s going on during this time of year, it’s easy to let things slide. Your oral health shouldn’t be one of them! Keeping your daily hygiene routine is important to your overall health. Brushing your teeth twice a day, for two minutes, and flossing daily will keep cavities at bay.

During the holiday season, and throughout the year, we support the theme of everything in moderation. It’s okay to enjoy festive treats on occasion but it is best to limit the amount and frequency of these treats. Your teeth will thank you! Sugar increases the risk for tooth decay and bad breath. Also, crunching on hard candy or ice can lead to cracked or chipped teeth, which are painful and pricey to treat. Ice can cause discomfort for sensitive teeth, and too many hard candies can lead to tooth decay.

While you may think it’s convenient and easy to use your teeth to open snacks, bottles or packages; your teeth are not designed for this. It’s always a great idea to use a nutcracker to shell nuts; a bottle opener for a stubborn bottle cap or reach for scissors to open packages.

Finally, no matter what time of year, it’s always a good idea to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and try to avoid sugary drinks. For more great info visit the ADHS Oral Health program’s website. Here’s hoping you and yours have a happy holiday and a healthy new year!