It's that time of the year again! Christmas is just around the corner, a time when families come together to celebrate and exchange gifts. While Christmas is all about spending time with your near and dear ones, it can also be a time to enjoy your favorite seasonal treats.
Here are tips to take care of your teeth and gums during this festive season:
Holiday gatherings can be a lot of fun, but it is important to be mindful of the foods and drinks you consume during this time of year. Unfortunately, many holiday foods and beverages are not teeth-friendly. Limit your consumption of red wine, coffee, tea, and other dark-colored beverages during the holidays.
Avoid sticky treats like caramels and gummies that can easily become stuck in between the teeth. Instead, choose foods that are easy to chew, such as cheese, nuts, and hard fruits. If you're attending a holiday party where there'll be plenty of sweets to enjoy, try chewing sugarless gum afterward to reduce plaque buildup.
Oral bacteria feed on sugar, so it’s best to avoid candies that are high in sucrose. Candy can stick to teeth as well, and if it’s not brushed away, it can break down into harmful acids. If you do choose to treat yourself to a sweet treat, try to pick those that do not contain added sugars, such as dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that help to protect tooth enamel from decay.
If you are planning on enjoying some eggnog at the office party this year, be sure to rinse your mouth with water after drinking it to limit its effects on your teeth. This can help remove the sugars from the drink and stop any cavity-causing bacteria in its tracks.
At-home oral care is also important during the holidays. Be sure to brush twice a day for two minutes per session using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss at least once a day, preferably before bed. This will help remove debris from in-between the teeth that your toothbrush can't reach. Consider using an antimicrobial mouthwash as well to kill bacteria and further protect against tooth decay. Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash can also help remove any lingering food particles that may be stuck between your teeth following a meal or snacking session.
These steps can help prevent cavities and gum disease during the holidays and beyond!
If you wish to learn more about dental care, make an appointment with our dental experts. Visit us at Steven H. Brenman DMD, 1311 Bay St, Staten Island NY 10305. Call us to book an appointment at 718 6502199.
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