Your stocking forecast this year will almost certainly
include a dusting of sugar. (The National Confectioners
Association says 77% of people include candy in
holiday gifts.) Giving candy? Consider chocolate. It
washes off your teeth more easily than stickier sweets
like candy canes. And when you’re stuffing
those stockings full of chocolate Santas, don’t forget
to include an ADA-Accepted toothbrush or toothpaste!
Carol While You Clean Your Teeth
One of the easiest ways to brush for a full two minutes
twice a day is to listen to a song that’s two minutes long.
This season, create a playlist of your family’s favorite
holiday music for a holly, jolly brushing bonanza.
(And you’ll definitely make Santa’s nice list if you add
a song to floss to.)
Don’t Open Gifts with Your Teeth
Grandma may be an expert gift wrapper, but don’t
use your teeth to try to undo the Fort Knox knots
she’s tied with ribbon. Your teeth were made for
eating, not to stand in as a pair of scissors. If you do,
you could crack a tooth, injure your jaw or
accidentally swallow something you shouldn’t.
Stop and find something or someone to give you a
Nothing says “welcome” more than a personalized
gift basket on your guest’s nightstand. Include fun
items like cozy socks and their favorite snacks.
You can also stock them up on travel-size toiletries
they might have left behind --
including a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss
with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
Whiten Your Teeth in 30 Seconds or Less
Dreaming of a white smile for your family photo?
Wear a red or a pink lipstick with a blue undertone.
Thanks to how the eye sees these colors, your teeth
will instantly look whiter and brighter.
Stick to Your Routine
Between holiday parties, travel and other holiday
happenings, it’s easy to slip out of your normal
habits. Don’t wait until New Year’s to make your
dental health a priority again. If you have
a regular dental visit scheduled, keep the appointment.
And don’t forget to brush twice a day for two minutes
and clean between your teeth once a day.
Tips coming from your Long Beach Dentist - Jeff Velasquez, DDS.