With the holidays just around the corner, you need to start planning for your dental health. Even a minor toothache can put a damper on the festivities. Luckily, toothaches don't have to create a nightmare situation for you this holiday season. To keep toothaches away, follow the simple tips provided here.

Drink Plenty of Water

If you want to keep toothaches away during the holidays, start by drinking plenty of water. Staying hydrated provides you with quite a few benefits. First, the extra water helps wash food particles out of your mouth. Second, water washes sugar off your teeth. Third, the extra water increases your production of saliva. All these benefits help prevent dental problems that can cause toothaches. 

Get Your Cavities Repaired

If you have any cavities, even small ones, you need to have them repaired before the holidays arrive, especially if you plan to do any traveling. Holiday food and beverages can increase the severity of a cavity, making it more likely that you'll be dealing with a toothache at some point during the holidays. To avoid the holiday toothaches, have those cavities repaired right away. If you're not sure about your cavity status, schedule a dental appointment before you leave home for the holidays. 

Choose the Right Snacks

Holidays bring parties, and parties bring food. Unfortunately, eating the wrong foods will increase your risk of developing a painful toothache. This is particularly true where snacks are concerned. To reduce your risk of painful toothaches, avoid eating snacks that are high in sugar content. Another way to avoid toothaches during the holidays is to trade sweet treats for fresh crunchy vegetables. And, always rinse your mouth with water after eating any type of sweet foods. 

Brush and Floss More Often

Throughout most of the year, brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day should be sufficient. However, during the holidays, you should actually increase that by at least one. In fact, you should brush and floss your teeth after each meal. For maximum protection, brush your teeth after each sweet treat, as well. Brushing and flossing more often will keep plaque and bacteria away, which reduces your risk of developing a painful toothache during the holidays. 

Don't let toothache pain stop you from enjoying the holidays this year. Have your dentist provide you with a full cleaning and checkup. While you're visiting the dentist, ask them about other tips to keep holiday toothaches away.