’Tis the season for decorating your home for the holidays, spending quality time with friends and family members, and baking and snacking on holiday treats.
We know that during this time of year, despite best intentions, it’s not always easy to follow all the recommended guidelines for keeping your teeth in top shape. And this is understandable. Even though dental assistants regularly achieve superhero status, they’re also only human. And so, they have some very practical approaches to keeping their teeth healthy in the face of holiday temptation.
Do you do any of the items on this list?
Indulge in Sweet Treats
Around the holidays, cookies, candy and other treats that aren’t necessarily enamel-friendly sometimes can seem irresistible. Starting around Halloween, sugar seems to be everywhere. And then Thanksgiving brings a plethora of pie.
But even though dental assistants may reach for sugary treats, we know that you also probably keep your trusty travel toothbrush or sugarless gum on hand.
Celebrate with a Sip
While you probably know that water is among the best beverage choices when it comes to your oral health, at times, the occasional carbonated beverage, cup of hot chocolate or glass of red wine may call to you — especially during holiday-themed events.
We know that on occasion, and especially during special occasions, dental assistants may reach for acidic beverages that could lead to erosion. But as a dental assistant, you also probably sip these beverages through a straw whenever possible, to minimize exposing your teeth to sugary or acidic liquid, and rinse with water often, too.
Create a Sparkling Smile
These days, teeth whitening is popular. But for patients with sensitive teeth, gum disease or enamel erosion, teeth whitening can be discouraged. Dental assistants know that for others without these oral health concerns, whitening can safely lighten the color of teeth. (As long as the stains are extrinsic!)
Do you have plans to whiten your teeth in the dental office this holiday season, in preparation for the photos and selfies you’ll take to capture holiday cheer?
Floss On the Go
You never forget to floss between teeth as recommended, right? We know that sometimes this can slip your mind — even though flossing probably is part of your regular oral hygiene routine — and it may be more likely to happen during the busy holiday season.
Luckily, as a dental assistant, you likely carry floss with you when you’re on the go. This may come in handy when you have immediate flossing needs at your next holiday event!
What would you add to this list?