As Easter approaches, it’s easy to overindulge on goodies and treats; however, it’s important to keep your oral health in mind when celebrating and try to keep a healthy mouth. Even though it may only be one day, the choices you make throughout the day can impact your oral health. Dr. Bruce E. Carter wants to see you keep your smile as healthy as possible as your Lawrenceville family dentist. These 10 simple tips will keep your mouth healthy this Easter.
Tips from Your Lawrenceville Family Dentist – Healthy Mouth
Tip 1—Stick to your oral health routine. It’s important to brush and floss your teeth at least twice daily. This will keep bacteria levels in the mouth to a minimum.
Tip 2—Candy and treats are a common part of the day. If you’re tempted to grab a piece of candy or a slice of cake, choose a fruit or veggie. This will reduce the risk for tooth decay caused from sugary foods.
Tip 3—Stay away from soda and other sugary drinks. Instead, grab a glass of water or milk. If you do happen to choose a bubbly drink, drink through a straw to keep as much acid as possible off your teeth.
Tip 4—Wine is a common part of Easter dinners, but dark wines cause staining of the enamel. If you’re going to drink wine, it’s best to choose white wine because it will cause less damage to your teeth.
Tip 5—If you’ve been overindulging on unhealthy foods, grab a piece of cheese. Cheese will balance pH levels in the mouth to combat acid from sugary foods and drinks. Plus, it’s packed with calcium, which is healthy for your teeth.
Tip 6—When opening Easter baskets or other gifts, don’t use your teeth. When you use your teeth as a tool, you increase your risk for breaking and chipping your teeth. It’s best to use the appropriate tool for the job, like scissors.
Tip 7—Family sports games are a tradition in many households as you enjoy the beautiful spring weather. If you’re going to be participating in a sports game, be sure to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth from injury.
Tip 8—While it may be tempting to graze throughout the day with so many goodies on hand, you want to try to stick to regular meals. If you graze all day, you increase your risk for tooth decay and it becomes much harder to brush properly between meals.
Tip 9—Although many holidays are focused on food, it’s important for your oral health and your waistline to make more meaningful aspects the focus of the holiday. Spend quality time with family and friends and you’ll be less likely to eat something that can damage your oral health.
Tip 10—Holidays are a busy time, but you can’t forget about your dentist. If you’re due for a cleaning and checkup, be sure to schedule an appointment despite the holiday because you should never put your oral health on hold.
As your Lawrenceville family dentist, Dr. Carter wishes you all a happy and healthy Easter. Don’t forget to care for your teeth while you enjoy the day, and you’ll be worry free in terms of keeping a healthy mouth!