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Keeping Your Teeth Safe During the Holiday Season

By Brandi Goodman 

The holiday season is fast approaching. This is one of the most significant times for sweet treat consumption. People tend to eat more candy, cookies, cake, pie, and other desserts because they're offered so freely around the holidays. You may pass by a treat at the store that you just can't pass up. Perhaps you're gifted something from a friend. Either way, you need to be doing more to keep your teeth safe during the holidays for better oral health.

Rinse With Water

At the very least, you should try and rinse your mouth out with water after any sweet treat. This should of course be combined with your regular teeth brushing twice per day. Rinsing your mouth like this can help eliminate some of the sugar that would otherwise be left to sit on your teeth. A good rule of thumb is to swish for at least 30 seconds.

Find Sugar-Free Options

Sugar can do a lot of damage to your teeth. Even when you rinse and brush regularly, the effects of sugar can compromise your oral health. Find sugar-free candy and treat options that won't have such a strong effect on your teeth and gums.

Unclench Your Jaw

The stress of the holidays can also lead to oral health struggles. People who are feeling stressed and tense may sometimes find themselves clenching their jaw. You can end up with some serious pain in your face and neck and even grind your teeth. Unclenching your jaw and trying to find ways to de-stress will prevent these dangers to your mouth.

Use Scissors

Have you ever used your teeth to get a tag off clothing or open a package? Lots of people use this method to get something open quickly, especially when you've just received a gift you want to tear into. It's seriously dangerous for your teeth though. You should really be using scissors to remove tags and open packages easily without hurting your mouth. You could easily break a tooth or cause a crack if you aren't careful. 

National Dental Hygiene Month is in October. Pair this with Halloween and the start of the treat-filled holiday season, and you should really be considering the health of your teeth and gums. Do what you can to keep them safe and healthy so you can continue to have the chompers you need for chewy and crunchy nutritious foods.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Portland, Ore.

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