It’s that time of the year again! The climate has changed to bright sunshine and crisp cool winter; lights are up, diyas all lit and the distant sound of fire crackers fills the air. Happy vibes spreading all around! Not to forget the smorgasbord of sumptuous, savory and mouth-watering delicacies. With all the temptation, it is certainly a tricky time for your fitness vows, not to mention a disastrous time for your oral health.
Diwali is the time when we let loose some of our inhibitions about our physique and give-in to our temptations to enjoy every moment. We tend to lose track of eating, drinking and fitness habits in the wake of the celebrations. But it doesn’t always have to be an either-or situation. You can turn this around into a win-win with just these six simple tips and make your Diwali into a crackling one.
1. Choice of sweets: You can never think of Diwali without mithais and such other hordes of sweet treats that are laden with calories. You can’t avoid them but you can choose what you put in your mouth. For eg. Gulab Jambun has 150 calories as against Kaju Katli which contains only 58 calories. Honey roasted and chocolate covered nuts and dry fruits are healthier options and in addition provide nutrients. Pick sweets like rasogullas or kaju katli over jalebi and boondi items.
2. Mindful eating: It is always better to be mindful of what you eat and how much. Eating sweets in itself not as harmful for your teeth and overall health, as how often as you eat them. You need not deprive yourself off your favorite ladoos, but eat slowly and in smaller portions. Try to relish every bite instead of getting stuffed by overeating. Avoid second helpings of heavy party treats.
3. Fruits and veggies overload: Curb the carbs and chomp on loads of fruits and veggies. Juicy fruits and crunchy veggies are always a better option to rich, carb loaded food and delicacies. Not only are they healthy, but they also help to clean and whiten your teeth naturally.
4. Drink a lot of water: Keep yourself hydrated. Drink a lot of water and fresh juices in small intervals, particularly drink lot of water before snacks and meals. This gives you a feeling of fullness and prevents you from overindulging on snacks. Also drink water after meals as it helps flush off the food residue, clean your mouth and avoid plaque formation on your teeth.
5. Stay away from colored foods and preservatives: Diwali might be a colorful festival, but it doesn’t necessarily apply to your food. Avoid foodstuffs that are high on artificial coloring and preservatives. They stain your teeth and the acids in the preservatives promote bacteria and cavities. These chemicals also harm the digestive system and kidneys.
6. Rinse, brush and floss after every meal: Never forget your bathroom rules to maintain good oral health – Brush, floss and rinse. Particularly during this festive season it is essential that you rinse your mouth after every meal. The sticky, rich, sugary treats and savory namkeens tend to stick to the surface of your teeth and in between the grooves.
Rinsing or flossing with electric water flossers like Oral Care’s smart water flosser, after every meal helps flush out plaque and debris and reduces chances of cavities.
Getting your kids to brush with Kids’ Oscillating Musical Toothbrush makes brushing fun for the kids and also help reduce cavities that kid’s teeth are especially prone to during this season.
In this festive season, gift yourself and your loved ones a bright, white, healthy smile amidst the crackling celebrations. To give you just another reason to smile wider, avail of flat 25% discounts in our big Diwali Damaka Sale. Use COUPON CODE: DIWALI25 at checkout during your purchase. Offer valid from 26th October to 1st November 2016.
Wishing you and your family a safe, joyous and blessed Diwali from our Oral Care Family.