This holiday season, you’re probably planning to host or attend some holiday celebrations. Try these tips to keep your mouth healthy throughout the holiday fun, and visit Dr. Young to smile confidently throughout the party.
Don’t go to the party hungry. Eat a light snack before you go so you won’t need to overeat while you’re there. If you’re not starving, you’ll also make healthier food decisions. However, avoid grazing while you’re waiting for the full meal. Snacking too much will expose your teeth to more sugars and acids and they will be left on your teeth for a longer period of time, contributing to more decay and problems. Watch what you eat, because sliced veggies, crackers, chips, and other crunchy appetizers can be damaging if you’re not careful. Biting too hard can cause your teeth to chip or crack.
Avoid the sweet treats
Limit the holiday treats and alcohol. Many holiday favorites are loaded with sugar and calories. We want you to enjoy your favorite holiday cookie, eggnog, or candy, but be conscious of your other food choices to avoid gaining unwanted holiday pounds or cavities. Pick from the plate of fruits, veggies, or whole grains, instead of the dessert platter.
The big meal
Keep your serving sizes small. Once the food is on your plate, you’ll feel inclined to eat it. Take small portions of food to avoid overeating. Go back for more if you need to, but take a break between plates to realize how full you really are. You should also be conscious of soft drinks, red wine, and other beverages that could stain your teeth as you wash down your meal. Watch what you eat so you’ll be aware of what you’re putting in your mouth.
When you’re not eating
Talk with other guests to focus your mind on something other than food. Socializing will help give you something to do so you won’t feel the need to constantly snack. You should also try to stay relaxed. Stress can cause you to overeat or drown your anxiety in sugar and carbs.
After the meal
Step away from the gathering for a few moments of quiet time to clear your head from the party commotion. Take a quick walk around the neighborhood to help digest your food and keep your body energized. And make sure you brush, floss, and rinse your mouth to help stop the celebration in your mouth.