The holiday season is just around the corner and it is time to celebrate, safely. Just because you have braces is not a reason to put a damper on the holiday cheer. I would like to offer you the following tips to help you get the most out of your holiday season this year.
One thing that almost everyone looks forward to is a delicious Christmas dinner. The great news for people wearing braces is that you can enjoy most of the common Christmas dinner foods. These include:
- Turkey (or any kind of meat), tofu, and gravy.
- Rolls and buns.
- Vegetable dishes such as Brussel sprouts, cauliflower with cheese or root vegetable dishes.
- Mashed potatoes.
- Desserts such as puddings, cakes, and brownies.
- Wine or champagne – just have a drink of water to wash away the acid and sugar.
- Cocoa or hot chocolate.
Besides Christmas dinner, one of the best parts of the winter holidays is the cookies and other treats. Just because you have braces does not mean that you cannot enjoy the festive goodies. The general guideline of staying away from hard, sticky, and overly chewy items will still apply when choosing holiday treats. As a reminder, here are some of the treats that you and your braces should avoid.
- Gingerbread – both houses and cookies.
- Candy canes, peanut brittle and other hard candies including peppermint bark.
- Chewy caramels, toffees, and pecan pie.
- All types of nuts.
Stick to your Routine
Regardless of your choice of festive foods, treats and sweets, one of the most important things you can do this holiday season is to continue to adhere to your oral hygiene routine. With all the excess sugar and acid that you are going to be exposing your teeth to, it is imperative that you regularly brush, floss and rinse. Remember, when adhering to this routine, always be sure to:
- Brush after every meal and before bedtime. Choose a soft or ultra soft bristle brush so that you do not damage the enamel on your teeth. Be sure to change your toothbrush every 3 months as they tend to wear out.
- Use a dentist recommended fluoridated toothpaste.
- When flossing your teeth, use a waxed floss to prevent any tearing or floss getting stuck in your braces. Always accompany your flossing routine with a brace flosser for those hard or awkward spots.
- Rinse with a fluoridated mouthwash to prevent any unwanted cavities or bacteria or plaque buildup.
- Have plenty of brace wax on hand in case of an accidental wire break over the holidays.
By following these simple tips you and your braces will still be able to enjoy the holiday traditions, treats, and of course Christmas dinner. If you have any other questions or would like clarification on any of the previously mentioned suggestions, or are interested in seeing what orthodontic procedure is right for you, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Happy Holidays from Mountain Orthodontics.