The holidays aren’t just hard on your diet. All of the artificially-colored sweets, sugar, and wine can stain your teeth. The stress of dealing with fourth quarter work deadlines and incoming family can leave you grinding your teeth in the evening. Hectic schedules can also make it hard to stay on top of your healthy tooth care routines, especially if you’re traveling. Here are three tips for taking care of your teeth over the holidays.

1. Eat cheese and sugar-free gum.

When it comes to the holidays, everything is relative and everything is in moderation. It’s the season of sugar and snacks, and sometimes it’s harder to fight the tide than it’s worth. Instead of turning down the holiday party food in the break room, look for suitable alternatives. Cheese is much easier on your teeth and your mouth’s bacteria than sweets; there are also fewer brightly colored dyes. Sugar-free gum, even though it’s not a perfect solution, can help you turn down the sugary offerings without wrecking your holiday spirits.

2. Stay hydrated.

It’s easy not drink as much water as your body needs. It’s even harder to tell when you’re dehydrated in the winter than it is in summer, and the dry, artificially heated air isn’t helping. So supplement snacks with water and always keep your mug full of water during the holiday season. Water keeps your mouth wet to keep bacteria at bay. It also washes away the sugar and chemicals that can cling to your teeth.

3. Keep your morning or evening routine the same.

Your schedule is going to be a bit crazy, and that’s completely understandable. Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, pick a part of your routine and stick to it. It’s important to clean your teeth at least twice a day, during the morning and before bed (and near meals, if possible). If you don’t know that your winter travel plans will give you control over both your mornings and your evenings, pick one to stick to with absolute certainty.

And keep a spare toothbrush in your purse or backpack in case something comes up.

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