The winter holidays are upon us. With everyone bundled up in sweaters and puffy jackets, we may feel less inclined to restrain ourselves around the snack table at the upcoming holiday parties. Completely avoiding all the different candies and cookies during this time of the year is nearly impossible. The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) would like to provide some helpful reminders to make sure your dental health doesn’t get left out in the cold this holiday season.
“It’s not uncommon for people to let loose around the holidays,” said Dr. David Fried, CSDA President. “Obviously, this time of year should be enjoyable. But it’s important to keep up strong dental habits, especially with all the parties and festivities.”
Most of us know the sweet holiday treats may lead to dental issues down the road, but starchy foods belong on the naughty lists as well. “People tend to forget about these foods. However, snacks like these – especially chips and bread – can get stuck between teeth. As long as you remember to floss soon after eating, it shouldn’t be an issue,” explained Dr. Fried.
And for those who may need a bit more encouragement to keep strong dental hygiene habits this time of year, Dr. Fried has a suggestion, “an ADA-approved tooth brush makes a great stocking stuffer and is very easy to wrap.”
The CSDA would like to remind Connecticut residents that routine visits to the dentist remain a key aspect of maintaining dental health, as well as brushing your teeth for two minutes, two times a day.