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Holiday parties are fun and exciting, especially because you get to mingle with your family members and friends and eat delicious treats. However, even though you’re enjoying yourself, your smile might be in grave danger. So, in order to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape while you celebrate with your loved ones, our Isle Smile dental team encourages you to do the following things:

Eat healthy holiday snacks: Instead of reaching for the sugary and starchy snacks, try grabbing foods that are packed with fiber, like carrots, celery, and hard cheeses. If you want to get even crazier, you can chew on some garnish.

Be smart with your beverage choice: To avoid tooth stains, it’s best to avoid drinking soda, black tea, coffee and wine—both red and white. If you have no choice but to drink these beverages, make sure to wash the liquid away with some water. The best drinks to consume are water and green tea. Water can keep you hydrated and wash away harmful and foul-smelling bacteria and green tea can suppress the growth of bacteria.

Use quick party freshen-ups: If you need to quickly freshen your mouth, try rinsing with a mixture of water and a few drops of peppermint oil. You can also chew a piece of sugarless gum or eat a piece of sugarless candy. Doing these things will stimulate saliva flow and wash the smelly bacteria away.

If you eat healthy holiday snacks, be smart with your beverage choice and use quick party freshen-ups, you’ll be on the right track toward having a top-notch oral health during the holiday season! To learn more about how to have a healthy holiday smile in Key West, Florida, please call our office today at 305-684-8536 and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Sandy Pape, if you have any concerns for your oral health. We are happy to help you!