Holiday festivities and family gatherings are most enjoyable when everyone is in good health. To stay well this holiday season, remember these tips:

Health for the holidays

Choose better snacks. Bring along your own healthy snacks when you are busy during the holiday season. Snacking smart will help you to avoid excess calories. In addition, many healthy snacks are good for the teeth. Nuts and apples are easy to take along wherever you go, and they are beneficial for your body and teeth.

Reduce stress. The holiday season can be stressful, especially for busy parents. Do not forget to take time for yourself. Spend some quiet time with a good book or treat yourself to a massage. Holidays will be more enjoyable if you reduce stress.

Stay hydrated. Drinking water is an important step towards good health. In a sugary dessert-filled season, drinking water can help to wash away sticky residue when you cannot brush your teeth.  Staying hydrated also helps to fight off colds and flu.

Wipe away germs. If you are traveling via bus or airplane and you expect to be in crowded spaces, bring disinfecting wipes for armrests and tray tables. If you are staying in a hotel, it is always a good idea to wipe door handles, light switches, and the TV remote also.

The entire team at Capital City Pediatric Dentistry wishes every one of you a very healthy and happy holiday season.