Keeping your Teeth Healthy During the Holidays

Thanksgiving and the holiday season is upon us, which brings lots of cheer, family, and, of course, delicious food. We all want to indulge during the holidays, but it can cause big problems for our teeth (and our waistlines!). Between traveling and feasting with our family and friends, the holidays can pose a lot of problems to our mouths.

We know that sugar, sweets, and sugary beverages increase your chance of tooth decay and gum disease. This is because natural bacteria in the mouth creates acid in the mouth when it feeds on the sugar, wearing down your enamel. This makes you more susceptible to tooth decay. Luckily, there are steps you can take to keep your mouth healthy this holiday season:

What you can do about it:

  • Drink with a straw to avoid acidic drinks touching your teeth.

  • Bring floss and dental supplies with you. Then, you won’t be at a holiday party without the right tools to help you.

  • Buy a new toothbrush. If you’re traveling during the holidays, your toothbrush is more likely to be exposed to bacteria and germs. Switch for a new one when you get home.

  • Eat a balanced diet. Don’t just indulge on sugary treats. Your body produces saliva to help you digest. Saliva helps neutralize those harmful acids on your teeth.

  • If you consume highly acidic foods, like wine or fruit, rinse and swish with water in your mouth before brushing your teeth. This helps produce more saliva and prevents acid erosion.

  • Be sure to brush and floss your teeth after a sinful meal. You’ll be less likely to continue eating once you’ve taken the time to brush.

  • Continue to brush properly. Be thorough, brush for two to three minutes, and brush in soft round strokes up and down the teeth.

  • Have your dental provider on speed dial. Contact your dentist today to find out who can provide emergency care should you run into any problems after that last bite into a piece of holiday candy.

  • Don’t stress! Plan and be prepared with all of your healthy plans, because we know stress can contribute to dental problems.

Happy holidays!

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