We at Children’s Dentistry of Cherry Creek would like to wish you a very merry holiday season. As we share in this time of joy and excitement, we want to express our deep gratitude for trusting us with your dental health. Without our wonderful patients, our practice wouldn’t be what it is today. We look forward to serving as your pediatric dentist into the new year and beyond! 

  

Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season 

We hope you all enjoy your holiday celebrations with family and friends. While you celebrate with holiday goodies, don’t forget to practice good dental care! The extra sugar and snacking we all indulge in during the holidays calls for extra attention to your dental hygiene routine. Where possible, be aware of foods that have the potential to cause dental issues. For instance, taffy, caramel, and gummy candies cling to the teeth, creating the perfect conditions for bacteria to grow. To avoid this, be sure to rinse or brush your teeth soon after consuming these types of candies. Meanwhile, strongly pigmented foods like red wine, cranberry sauce, and those bright red and green frosted cookies can contribute to teeth staining; be careful how you indulge, and brush and rinse often. 

Don’t Stress, Get Some Rest 

Everything is okay in moderation. We all have our holiday food traditions, whether that’s holiday-themed lattes at a favorite coffee shop, advent calendar chocolates, fruit cakes, or home-baked cookies. Feel free to indulge in whatever makes your holiday special. The holidays only come around once a year, after all! Just indulge in moderation and be sure to brush well afterward! That is, with one exception… 

Avoid sticky sweets! 

A few holiday traditions are particularly bad for your teeth. Candy canes, caramels, toffee, peanut brittle, and any hard and sticky sweets like these stick to your teeth and damage the enamel over time, promoting the formation of cavities and generally causing all sorts of problems. Avoid them if you can. 

 

Drink Plenty of Water  

Stay hydrated. This is good advice any time of year. No matter what else you eat or drink this holiday season, be sure to also drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated has many great benefits for your overall health and for the health of your teeth and gums, from helping you to look and feel great to promoting saliva, which is your mouth’s first line of defense. Staying hydrated is super important! 

 

Celebrate Everyone Equally 

No matter what you celebrate, the holiday season can be a truly wonderful time of the year. It’s even more wonderful if you can enjoy it without negatively impacting your oral health. Of course, despite your best intentions, there are going to be times when you slip up, but if you keep these oral care tips in mind and follow them more often than you don’t, you’ll stay happy and healthy this holiday season—and the other 51 weeks of the year!  

 

May the joys of this season be with you and your family!