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Did you know there are things at your holiday parties that could threaten your smile and harm your oral health? Well, it’s true, which is why your dentist, Dr. Cauleen Stepp, and our dental team encourage you to keep your teeth and gums in mind while you celebrate the holidays with your family and friends. While you’re at your parties, we encourage 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 use these tips, you’ll be on the right track toward a strong and successful oral health this holiday season! To learn more about how to have a healthy holiday smile in Bellaire, Texas, please call our office today at 713-520-8400 and talk to a member of our Stepp Family Dentistry team. The sooner you call us the sooner you’ll have the information you need to succeed!