Follow these guidelines by our dentists in Geelong to enjoy this holiday season, with minimal dental impact.
The holidays are nearly here, as is the temptation to give in an array of delicious holiday treats. We aren’t blaming anybody here, it is indeed not easy to resist the urge to indulge, when everyone around seems to be celebrating. And with increased socializing and merriment, there is also the possibility of letting regular dental routines slip by. All of these do not bode well for dental wellbeing, and this is why our expert Geelong dentists have put together these easy-to-follow tips to keep you and your teeth happy!
So without further delay, let’s get started!
1. Indulge Mindfully
It is okay to give in and enjoy the yummy holiday treats, but do remember to do it in moderation. Remember, you don’t always need the largest bite of that Christmas cake, or a plate-full of cookies to celebrate, a smaller portion size would work just as well. Be aware even as you eat and go slow, so as to savour these treats to their fullest! This will not only make them more enjoyable, but you are more likely to satisfy your craving without overdoing on these. Now, isn’t this a smart win-win?
2. Balance Your Diet
Whenever possible, choose healthier alternatives to traditional treats, such as nuts, cheeses, grains and the like, which will add wholesome nutrition and allow you to maintain a balance, without limiting the festivities. Also, a good idea would be to have a lot more teeth-friendly foods such as veggies, fruits and whole grains along with your treats, so that you do not overdo on those sugar-laden foods. Also, you could choose healthier alternatives such as nuts, cheeses and the like, to keep you satiated and in balance.
3. Maintain Your Routine
Sticking to your regular dental care routine might certainly not be top of mind during the holiday rush. And this is precisely why it helps to set a strong intention to commit to it daily. Brushing and flossing twice a day will help rid your mouth of any sticky food particles or plaque build-up, and keep them in good shape without keeping you off indulgences! This usually doesn’t take more than 5-6 minutes daily. Committing to spending this much time for your oral wellbeing can make the difference between a healthy smile and the start of decay.
4. Drink it up… with Water
Our local dentist in Geelong recommends having plenty of water is one of the best ways to detoxify your system and keep your mouth clean, and this is something that we surely recommend during times like these. Apart from keeping you hydrated, water also helps in better digestion and fights bad breath and giving you a fuller feeling even before you start indulging – making it a perfect beverage along with holiday meals!
5. Plan Ahead
The demands of holiday shopping, work parties and gatherings with friends and family can keep you away from home for longer than you anticipated. For times like these, it is a good idea to carry a compact dental care kit with you wherever you go. This way, you will be able to follow and maintain a sustainable dental routine even when you are away!
So, to sum it up, holidays should be enjoyed. After all that we’ve been through, you’ve earned it. Of course, it will always help to have a professional teeth clean-up at our Geelong dental clinic post the holidays. You could always book an advance appointment at the Dentists and Doctors Geelong clinic, to avoid any delays once the holidays pass.
Dentists & Doctors provides a comprehensive range of complete dental solutions, including General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Children’s Dentistry, Orthodontics, Endodontics, Implants and more. We take immense pride in being able to offer our patients a one stop shop for all your dental needs at our dental clinic in Geelong.