The holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, so make an effort to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy this December.

Tips for staying well and feeling good this holiday season

Stay calm. When things get crazy and you become overwhelmed, take a minute to catch your breath. Decide what matters to you this month and focus on that. Maybe you need more time spent with family, momentary silence, or something else. Stress is harsh on the body and mind and holidays will be more enjoyable if you keep it in check.

Hydrate. Drinking water is healthy for the body – and the teeth too. In a season where treats and candy are all around, drinking water can help to wash away sticky residue. Staying hydrated also keeps moisture in your body, and mucous membranes; this can help to fight off colds and flu.

Snack wisely. If you are out and about a lot during the holidays, it may be a good idea to bring along your own healthy snacks. Focus on wellness as you plan meals and activities. Apples and nuts are easy to take along, and they have benefits for body and teeth. Clementines and pears are also at their peak of freshness this time of year.

Watch your alcohol intake. December, as fun as it is, also comes with festive parties, and festive parties often have alcohol. It is fine to have a few drinks but try to opt for healthier options like a wine spritzer or a lower calorie cocktail. And most importantly, never drink and drive.

Disinfect. If you are traveling with many people, via airplane for example, bring along some disinfecting wipes. Flu virus and other germs are often on armrests and tray tables. If you are staying in a hotel, it is always a good idea to wipe the TV remote, light switches, and door handles too. Always wash your hands with soap and water after being in any public space.

Get active. Try to make time for exercise, even during the busy holiday season. Combine family festivities with being active as a family, even if it just means going for a walk together after a big meal. The CDC offers helpful activity guidelines for all ages if you want to set some goals.

Yes, we take care of teeth and gums at Capital City Pediatric Dentistry, but we also want your entire family to have total health. We wish you a safe and happy December!