Oral Care Tips For Teeth-Friendly Christmas
Christmas is a time for celebration, family, and gift-giving. However, if you have braces, the holiday season can be painful and stressful. Your annual family Christmas dinner doesn’t usually include candy or other sweet foods, but you might find yourself snacking on desserts and candies throughout the day or after dinner!
Don’t let the holiday festivities stop you from protecting your oral health. Here are some helpful tips to prevent tooth decay:
- Avoid letting sugary foods and acidic foods linger in your mouth for too long. The longer these foods are in contact with your teeth, the more harmful they can be to your tooth enamel. If you do indulge in sweets or drinks with sugar for a long period of time, make sure to brush your teeth afterward!
- Make sure you don’t brush too soon after a hot drink or sweet food. Wait at least a half hour before brushing so your mouth has time to remineralize. Brushing immediately after eating may damage the softened tooth enamel.
- Don’t neglect your daily oral hygiene routine during the holidays. It is important to continue to floss and brush your teeth twice a day in addition to using mouthwash. Pack up the travel-sized oral care products in your purse or pocket so you can stay fresh on the go.
- Keep sipping water all day long! Staying hydrated will help remove any excess sugars and give bacteria less fuel to grow. Try using a straw for your beverages to reduce contact with your teeth.
- Eat your fruits for dessert. Fruits are a healthy treat that is good for your body and your teeth. Many fruits, such as apples and pears, contain important vitamins and minerals to keep your smile bright and healthy. Plus, the fiber in fruit helps clean plaque away from teeth and aids in digestion.
- Drinking alcohol can affect your oral tissues, causing dry mouth and bad breath. When you drink a lot of alcohol, it prevents your body from producing enough saliva, which is needed to wash away food particles and protect your mouth against tooth decay. Saliva also helps prevent gum disease by keeping plaque bacteria at bay. Additionally, alcohol can dry out the mouth, leading to cracked lips and cheeks.
- Another way to protect your oral health is to avoid tobacco. Tobacco use can cause oral cancer, gum disease, and stains on the teeth. It can also irritate the gum tissues, leading to a chronic inflammatory condition called gingivitis. Using tobacco products can also stain the teeth and make them appear yellow or brown in color. If you are a smoker, we can help you quit so you can protect your health and keep your smile bright for years to come.
At Mountain Stream Dental, Dr. Gerald L. Torgeson and the team give the best quality dental care to all patients. Call us at (541) 345-5363 to schedule a consultation.