Now that Halloween has ended, and the weather is cooling, it also means it is officially the holiday season! But before you meet to share gratitudes and turkey over your Thanksgiving table, and long before the kids tear into their presents on Christmas morning, it’s important to consider what you should be doing over this busy season, to make sure you start the new year with a healthy and beautiful smile. Preventive dental care doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming, thankfully. It is key, though, to keeping your smile in good health throughout the holidays and beyond.

Avoid Too Much Sugar

Your diet will impact your oral health as well as your waistline. So to help keep your smile healthy during the holidays, be mindful of how much sugar you are consuming. Too much sugar can do more than pack on the pounds. It can also contribute to cavity development.

If you don’t want to deal with dental decay, stick to a well-balanced diet, and try not to overdo the sweets. Instead, make them an occasional treat, not a diet mainstay.

Remember to Drink Water Daily

Water is essential to both oral and overall health. Unfortunately, during the cold winter months, many people cut back on their water intake. Don’t forget to drink water throughout each day, as it can help produce saliva, which naturally limits plaque buildup on the teeth.

Schedule Dental Checkups!

Sure, your schedule will likely be unusually busy over the coming months, but that is no reason to skip out preventive dental care. Keep in mind that most patients need to visit the dentist between two and four times a year to adequately prevent oral health problems.

So if you are due for a dental visit, make sure you squeeze a checkup and cleaning into your holiday schedule.

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We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.