Top 5 Tips on Keeping Your Smile Happy and Healthy This Holiday Season


Now that the holiday season is here, it’s time to start thinking about all the wonderful fun, festivities and food you’ll be partaking with friends, family and colleagues.

All of us at Dental Smiles of Willow Glen definitely encourage you to “savor that flavors” this holiday season! However, since we know you’ll be dining a wider variety of foods, we’d like share a few helpful tips on how you can keep your smile happy and healthy while enjoying the cornucopia of casseroles, cakes and candy coming your way. (After all, there’s nothing worse that cracking a tooth or getting a cavity when you want to just enjoy the season’s celebrations!)

#1. Pack a travel toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash in your purse or bag wherever you go. This way you’ll be prepared for all those office parties and random holiday dishes your coworkers bring into work. After enjoying your snacks, brush your teeth! And you’ll be looking great for the next meeting.

#2. Don’t chew ice or hard candy! People drink more socially doing the holiday season. And eat a lot more candy than they typically do. So, if you’re one of those individuals who like to crunch on ice or want to try taffy, we recommend avoiding it completely (or just being very careful) it so you can avoid cracking your tooth.

#3. Avoid drinks that stain your teeth. (Or brush right after drinking them.) Red wines, color flavoring in drinks and certain foods can stain your teeth, which may not be the most attractive sight to see in holiday pictures! So keep how much you drink in mind, or brush regularly!

#4 Use a nutcracker. The holiday season invented the holiday nutcrackers for a reason. Make sure you use them when you’re cracking those hard nuts such as walnuts, pecans and more. And you’ll save yourself a trip to the dentist with a cracked tooth.

#5 Visit your dentist before the year end. To make sure your teeth are looking beautiful, visit your dentist—or if you don’t have one, make an appointment with family dentist Dr. Raymond Lim at Dental Smiles of Willow Glen—and make sure get a cleaning before the year end. It’s a great way to combat the effects of eating the sugary foods that could be detrimental to your health. And make sure you take advantage of your insurance benefits before they expire.