Your friends at Silver Leaf Dentistry hope you have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. That’s why we’re here to give you some helpful hints on keeping your teeth and gums in great shape despite all the glorious temptations that will likely surround you at all those festive parties that can put your oral health at risk.

We’re also reminding you to visit us after the holidays for your first dental appointment of the new year so we can help you keep your oral health on the right track.

Teeth-Friendly Tips For The Holidays

Do your smile a favor by remembering these teeth-friendly tips while you celebrate the holidays:

*Remember The Importance of Moderation*

The sugar plum fairies are hard at work this time of year, dancing around your buffet tables and then in your mouth!
Bad oral bacteria is just waiting for you to give it what it needs to create decay, cavities, and gum disease. So it’s important to limit your sugar intake so bacteria doesn’t have its way with your teeth!

You don’t have to stay away from your favorite holiday sweets, but it’s important to practice moderation so sugar doesn’t overstay its welcome in your mouth.

*Keep Your Teeth Stain-Free*

Coffee, hot cocoa, wine, cherry pie…. These are not only delicious, but they’re all quite dark. The pigments in these types of holiday treats can leave stains behind on your teeth if you’re not careful.

You don’t have to stay away from brightly-colored holiday beverages and sweets, but it helps to just be mindful of how dark pigments can stick to your enamel if you don’t rinse your mouth out with water after you indulge. You should also stick to your oral hygiene routine each morning and night so your mouth stays clean, too.

*Eat A Healthy Meal First*

One of the ways you can avoid letting your sweet tooth get out of control is to be full before you reach for that piece of pie.

Filling up on a healthy, nutrient-rich meal first, along with plenty of water, will help you practice the moderation that we talked about earlier. But it also will ensure you’re still getting the teeth-friendly vitamins and minerals you need for good oral health.

Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment!

Food is at the forefront of everyone’s holiday fun, but that can mean your smile faces certain threats. Consuming more sugar than you’re used to, being on a slightly different routine, or just eating and drinking things that can leave your smile a bit dingy are all common dental dangers this time of year.

But with help from your Longmont dentist, you’ll get through it all with a bright, healthy smile!

Visit us after the holidays so you can start the new year with healthy teeth and gums. Call Silver Leaf Dentistry today at 720-504-2539 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment in Longmont, CO.