December 25 marks the time of year where visions of sugarplums fill heads while pies, cookies and other delicious foods fill bellies. Thanks to candy canes, fruit cakes, alcohol and parties brimming with edible delights, many struggle to balance caloric intake to avoid weight gain and 1-800-DENTIST advised taking extra precautions to ensure that dental problems do not become an unwanted stocking stuffer.
Celebrating with friends and family is always fun, but during that revelry it is possible for an individual to let down their guard in response to the comfort they feel (and fueled by any alcohol that may have been consumed). Once in relaxation mode, it is extremely easy to eat and drink and even partake in negative vices like smoking, all of which can negatively impact dental health. That is why celebrants need to pay special attention to the oral hygiene behaviors implemented during the "most wonderful time of year."
Water is a life-supporting liquid, consuming a healthy amount of the beverage is essential to well being and oral health. The compound is the main component of the human body and proper hydration levels are essential for aiding in metabolism and transporting nutrients and oxygen throughout all cells. Ensuring that enough of the natural beverage is consumed during holiday celebrations can help keep teeth clean and healthy.
Whether you are working on being the perfect host, or are simply trying to be a good guest, drinking a glass of water every hour will go along way to boosting dental health and minimizing the development of dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. The liquid will help prevent dry mouth, eliminate bad breath, may provide a boost of fluoride and will help wash away harmful bacteria, all of which are reasons for celebration!