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Tips To Keep Your Season (& Teeth) Bright – Ask Dr. Farooq Sorathia

Taking Care Of Your Oral Cavity During The Festive Season

It’s that time of the year now that we have all been looking forward to. It’s the time where families get together to celebrate. This year however has been quite challenging the world over. Sadly, this holiday season, we would not be able to celebrate as we have been doing in the past due to the pandemic. It is important to remember to be responsible for yourself and to others by social distancing, wearing masks, and being safe. We have to take action and help one another to battle this pandemic, and it all starts with you wanting to contribute to ending this.

That being said, it is important to socially distance, wash your hands regularly with soap and water, wear your mask, but also very important to make sure you take care of what is underneath that mask, by connecting with your toothbrush, toothpaste, and… yes you guessed it right, floss. Remember, we floss the teeth we want to keep. We will be enjoying all the festivities and all the goodies during this season, and the last thing we want is to have a toothache. That would dampen the festive mood and then have to worry about getting it fixed.

Tips to get through the festive season and to make a habit of it is to eat healthily, eat foods that are rich in nutrients, and good for the body such as cheese, leafy greens, fish, drink milk – yes it’s a good source of calcium, almonds, apples – yes it does keep the dentist away too, as long as you brush well and floss all your teeth. You should minimize sugar consumption, avoid fizzy drinks, brush your teeth twice a day, floss at least once a day, and celebrate responsibly. You can also incorporate sugar-free chewing gum for a few minutes as part of the routine for taking care of your oral health.

With those words of advice, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous 2021. Please be safe and be responsible!


Article Written by Dr. Farooq Sorathia (BDS – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)

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