It’s that time of year where a sweet cookie or candy bar is lurking behind every corner. While it’s always important to maintain good dental hygiene, the increased consumption of sugary treats throughout the holiday season means you need to work double time to take care of your smile. You only get one set of adult teeth, so keep them clean and healthy every chance you get!

Fighting Back When a Snack Makes Plaque

Any time you reach for candy and sweets (or any food for that matter), the saliva and leftover food particles in your mouth mix to make your old pal plaque. And none of us want that sticky, smelly visitor hanging out on our tooth enamel, right? Ugh. So clingy.

The American Dental Association says you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least one time a day minimum. But as we make our way through another sweet-loaded holiday season, you might want to aim even higher. Here are a few easy tips to keep a healthy smile and good oral health at the top of your to-do list this season.

How do I keep my mouth fresh and clean?

There are several things you can do to keep a clean smile this season. Improving your diet and cutting down on snacking can help. Cutting back on sodas and other sugary drinks is also useful.

But think outside the box and outside of your brushing and flossing comfort zone! Keep an extra toothbrush and tube of your favorite toothpaste at work or in the car. It only takes a minute to freshen-up outside the comfortable confines of your own bathroom. Brush after you eat, even if you have to sneak away to another sink to do it. Lock the door and shine up that smile.

You know how dieters reward themselves with an extra dessert after they have a particularly good week? How about giving yourself extra-credit flossing points. Treat yourself to an extra cookie or muffin if you’ve flossed seven extra times this week. Earn your holiday treats by keeping your mouth healthy in advance.

Many of the toothpastes you’ll find on the market today contain fluoride and other ingredients such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and carrageenan. Himalaya Herbal Healthcare has toothpaste without those ingredients, and instead relies on neem and pomegranate for their natural cleansing and whitening abilities. Learn more about these beneficial toothpastes here and enjoy some extra-sweet and shining smiles all season long!