5 Tips for Better Dental Health During the Holiday Season

Christmas decorations abound across the Triangle this month, making joyous and colorful displays. Just as colorful are the wonderful holiday treats set out in homes and offices throughout Raleigh, Durham and Cary. Yet everyone knows that sugary foods and even winter weather can undermine dental health.  Dr. E. Scott Saltzman has five important tips to help patients avoid dental problems during the holidays.  

These five tips from E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry provide a basis for keeping teeth clean and gums healthy into the New Year 2018:

  • Snacks: It’s hard to avoid sugar-laden foods during the holidays. From tree-shaped Christmas cookies to fudge and fruitcake, it seems that sugar is around every corner. Any food that takes a long time to dissolve, such as candy canes, will do more damage to teeth. Dark chocolate is a good substitute as it contains less sugar and dissolves quickly. Moderation is key.
  • Drinks: Hot apple cider, eggnog and hot chocolate all have large amounts of sugar. Using a straw to drink these beverages is recommended. Also, drinking plain water afterward reduces the sugary residue left behind.
  • Stress and pain: It’s normal to feel stressed during the holidays. Some people experience stress as jaw pain, a result of teeth-clenching. Physical exercise, yoga and relaxation techniques help many people release the tension brought on by planning meals, shopping and all the other holiday activities.
  • Weather effects: The Triangle’s freezing winter temperatures can make sensitive teeth ache. Those with sensitive teeth should bundle up and possibly cover their mouths with a scarf before heading outside. Heated buildings and cold outdoor air reduce relative humidity, often leading to dehydration and dry mouth, which increases the chance of cavities. Therefore, it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Keep brushing and flossing: With shopping, travel, holiday parties and entertainment, it’s easy to fall behind on daily dental hygiene. Unfortunately, skipping regular flossing and brushing is an invitation to cavities and gum problems. Keeping an extra toothbrush, toothpaste and floss in a purse or bag makes it easy to brush anywhere. Chewing sugar free gum also can help fight cavities and freshen breath when it isn’t possible to brush.


Don’t let the holidays affect your dental routine. And if it’s time for a check-up, call the office of  E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today for an appointment. He welcomes new patients and treats all ages.

From our team to everyone across the Triangle, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


This informative post about dental health and cosmetic treatments is brought to you by Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC. Please call us for an appointment today.


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Cary, NC 27513

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The material contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor or licensed medical professional with any questions.

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