The holiday season is here and it can be a tricky time for your teeth.
No matter what you celebrate at this time of year, be it a traditional Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Yule, the “most wonderful time of the year” may not be so wonderful for your dental health.
Possibly the worst culprits for dental damage over the holidays are the excessive consumption of alcohol and/or tobacco because they not only contain tannins that stain teeth, they also dry the mouth by inhibiting saliva production. A dry mouth, together with food debris between the teeth is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.
Your dental health is largely dependent on what you eat, and the goodies that abound during the festive season can be difficult to resist. Most of us celebrate the season with a feast of home-cooked meals and treats while family & friends gather and make up for time spent apart.
To keep your teeth & gums healthy, here’s some advice:
Be careful with candy canes – Hard candy tastes good and it’s readily available, but it can crack or chip a tooth if you bite down the wrong way. Try softer candies instead.
Stay clear of soda pop – Holiday entertaining is rife with soda pop and it’s never good for your teeth. If you want something bubbly, try carbonated water instead. If you do drink soda pop use a straw to try and keep most of the acid off your teeth.
Watch the wine – If you enjoy drinking a nice red wine, be mindful of how easily it can stain your pearly whites. White wines are less of a risk to your smile. Remember to brush thoroughly if you do drink red wine.
“Have a happy, healthy & safe holiday. We look forward to seeing your smile in the new year!”
Enjoy the Turkey – Roasted turkey is great for your teeth because it’s an excellent source of phosphorus and protein, both of which help fight tooth decay and keep your teeth healthy.
Dip into Veggies – Try skipping the cookies, brownies, fruit cake and instead fill your plate with fresh veggies and dip. Their great for your teeth because they are loaded with Vitamin A that strengthens tooth enamel.
Choose Cheese – as a snack, especially if you’re consuming alcoholic beverages. The PH balancing effects of cheese help to neutralize the acid in alcohol, and the calcium is great for teeth.
Have a happy, healthy & safe holiday. We look forward to seeing your smile in the new year!
Yours for better dental health,
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