Holiday Season Healthy Teeth Tips
With the holiday season here, it is important to remember which indulgent treats cause real damage to your teeth. The effects of hard, sugary candies can last long after you finish that candy cane. Sugar hangs around in the mouth and if you’re consuming alcohol you better be extra careful. Alcohol can leave the mouth dry which creates a perfect environment for tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease.
Here are some quick tips to keep your teeth cavity-free over the holiday season:
- Limit your alcohol intake – too much alcohol can dry out your mouth. Drink water alongside your drinks to keep your mouth hydrated.
- Eat sweets shortly after mealtime – Saliva production helps cancel out acids and rinse away food particles. Therefore, it’s best to eat your sweets when your saliva production is high which is usually after a meal.
- Floss extra well – all the starchy foods like bread, cake, and chips can get easily trapped in your teeth. Make sure to floss well to remove all the food particles.
- Be wary of the hard candies – in addition to the sugar, hard candies can also chip teeth. Take it slow with hard candies (and nuts) to make sure not to break or chip your teeth.