Technically, the 12 days of Christmas is the period in Christian theology that marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 (Christmas) and runs through January 6 (the Epiphany, sometimes also called Three Kings’ Day).
But with the holiday season being in full swing, and with it the joy of festive celebrations, delicious treats, and quality time with loved ones. While you’re decking the halls and spreading the cheer, don’t forget to give some extra love and care to your pearly whites.
Follow our 12 Days of Dental Tips for a Healthy Holiday Smile, and keep your grin as bright as the holiday lights!
Day 1: Jingle All the Way to Hydration
Start the season right by staying hydrated. Water is not only essential for your overall health but also helps to rinse away food particles and bacteria, keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape.
Day 2: Deck the Halls with Sugar-Free Gum
Chew on this: sugar-free gum can stimulate saliva production, which helps neutralize acids and maintain a healthy pH balance in your mouth. Plus, it’s a convenient way to freshen your breath during those festive gatherings.
Day 3: Wrap Up Flossing in Tinsel
Flossing is the gift your teeth deserve. Make it a habit to floss daily, removing those stubborn bits of tinsel-like food particles lodged between your teeth. Your gums will thank you for the extra attention!
Day 4: Ho Ho Hold Off on Sugary Snacks
While indulging in holiday treats is part of the fun, be mindful of excessive sugary snacks. Limit your intake to help prevent cavities and maintain a healthy smile. Opt for healthier alternatives like crunchy veggies or cheese.
Day 5: Sleigh the Toothbrush Game
Upgrade your toothbrush and sleigh away the bacteria. Consider switching to an electric toothbrush for a more thorough clean. Don’t forget to brush for two minutes, twice a day, for a dazzling holiday smile.
Day 6: Nutcracker Approved Nut Snacking
Nuts aren’t just tasty; they’re also packed with essential nutrients for your teeth. Snack on nuts like almonds and walnuts, which can help strengthen your enamel and promote a healthier smile. But remember, enjoy them in moderation!
Day 7: Mistletoe Mouthwash Moments
Add mouthwash to your oral care routine for a burst of freshness and an extra layer of protection against bacteria. Use it after brushing and flossing to ensure your breath is minty fresh for those special mistletoe moments.
Day 8: Dream of a White (Toothpaste) Christmas
Choose a toothpaste with whitening properties to keep your smile radiant throughout the holiday season. Dream of a white Christmas, and let your teeth sparkle in the festive lights.
Day 9: Santa’s Secret – Dairy Delights
Milk and dairy products are rich in calcium and phosphates, which help strengthen your enamel. Include dairy delights like yogurt and cheese in your holiday diet for a tooth-friendly treat.
Day 10: Sip Smart with Eggnog Alternatives
Eggnog is a holiday classic, but it can be high in sugar. Consider lighter alternatives or sip slowly to minimize the impact on your teeth. Your smile will thank you for making smart sipping choices.
Day 11: Snowman Approved Oral Checkup
Schedule an oral checkup with your dentist before the year ends. Give Dr. Wheatley a call at 405-857-6453 or schedule online. Ensure your teeth are in top condition, and address any concerns before they become bigger issues. It’s a snowman-approved way to keep your smile looking its best.
Day 12: Cheers to a Bright New Year of Oral Health
As the holiday season comes to a close, raise a glass to a bright new year of oral health. Maintain your good habits, stay consistent with your dental routine, and toast to a healthy and happy smile in the coming year!
With these 12 Days of Dental Tips, you can keep your smile shining brightly throughout the holiday season and into the new year. Remember, a healthy smile is the perfect accessory for all your festive celebrations. Wishing you a joyful and tooth-friendly holiday season!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS from all of us at Tecumseh Ridge Dental.