We’re right into the swing of it, rounding second base. No, we’re not talking about senior Prom; we’re talking about the holiday season where anything goes as far as obsessive snacking associated with the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Don’t forget that these holidays are meant to be with family. They are meant for you to show your appreciation for the abundance of wealth that you might take for granted in your daily existence. Thanksgiving and Christmas are definitely times to eat, drink, and be merry, but it is also an opportunity to practice some good sense and work on incorporating healthy habits into your holiday traditions.
We’ll get into how you can avoid sugars and incorporate good snacking habits into your holiday routine that will keep the level of damage low and your healthiness high, but we’ll also point out lifestyle habits you can focus on because good oral health is linked to good physical health as well.
Incorporate a Turkey Trot into your Thanksgiving Day Routine
As well as a Christmas family game of touch football. If it’s not already a tradition, then you can make one. Whatever you need to do in order to establish a physical activity that can break up the constant snacking and lounging. You’ll get some fresh air and you’ll also burn some calories. You’ll work up a nice appetite and feel like you’ve earned your meal.
Cut Down on the Vino
Wine, both red, white and rosé, have very high levels of acidity that can eat away at the enamel of your teeth. Sure, go ahead and partake in a glass or two, it’s all good. Just try to steal away some time to head to the bathroom to give yourself a good brushing.
Avoid Sugary Treats
Sugars will turn to acids and eat away at the enamel of your teeth as well, causing tooth decay and cavities in the process. Try to avoid candy canes, caramel corn, as well as other sticky sweet treats like rice crispy treats. Instead, opt for a veggie tray. You can snack healthy all day, look out for your treat, and feel great in the process since you won’t have to deal with those sugar highs and lows. Take it one step further and try to cut sugary foods and drinks out of your diet completely. You’ll be amazed how good you feel.
Believe It or Not, Avoid Stress
Stress can lead to clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth, which isn’t good for anyone. Try to meditate, practice yoga, or incorporate a healthy exercise routine into your day. You’ll be amazed at how good you feel. This can also help get rid of or reduce headaches and sleep deprivation.
Lastly, we want to remind you that even during the holiday season, it’s important to keep your regularly scheduled visits with Bedford Dental Group. Whether it’s a routine cleaning or your six-month checkup, we will make sure that you’re always on the right track and give you the tools you need to live a life of good oral health. We hope some of this helps during your holiday season. Above all else, we just want you to feel great and, in turn, look great this holiday season.