November 14, 2019
The holidays are a time for great fun with family and friends, giving thanks for all you’ve received this year, and don’t forget, indulging in some of your favorite sugary treats. From pumpkin pie to chocolate cake and everything in-between, these delectable sweets may taste delicious but can wreak havoc on your pearly whites if you’re not careful. To get ready for the holiday season, here are 4 tips for better oral health provided by a dentist in Richardson.
Please Pass the Turkey and the Pie
Eating your sweets with your meal instead of after is a great way to essentially, have your cake and eat it, too! The reason this is recommended is that you are already generating saliva while eating your traditional holiday dinner, so by incorporating your favorite slice of pie or cake into your meal, you can reduce the chances of any sugar lingering on your teeth for longer than necessary.
Carrots, Broccoli, and Cauliflower, Oh My!
Even if they’re not your favorite dish on the table, make sure you’re eating vegetables. Carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, and other nutrient-filled veggies are great for removing food particles that can live on your teeth. If left too long, it can turn into plaque and harden to your teeth and gums. By chewing on these tasty vegetables, it can break up other foods you’ve consumed and help to keep your mouth free from potential problems.
I’ll Have Another Glass…of Water
While it may be tempting to pour a glass of red wine or sweet tea, water will always be your best choice. Apart from keeping you hydrated, water works to keep your salivary glands working at an optimal level. This helps to flush out any harmful bacteria or left behind food particles, saving your teeth and gums from possible tooth decay and gum disease.
Be Mindful of Certain Foods
The holidays oftentimes bring about food ideas that you wouldn’t consider any other time of year. While consuming in moderation is fine, it’s best if you try to avoid the following items as much as possible:
- Wine: Red and white wine can stain teeth and lead to cavities because of the excess sugar.
- Sticky candy: Caramels, taffy, and even peanut brittle can stay on your teeth longer than you think, leading to tooth decay and cavities.
- Popcorn: Be careful of the kernels, as they can crack a tooth or cause problems for dental work.
- Candy Canes: Just like popcorn, these yummy treats can cause you to break a crown or chip a tooth.
Keep Your Pearly Whites Shining Bright
Make sure you’re continuing to practice good oral hygiene habits every morning and night. While schedules can be thrown off due to late nights and overwhelming excitement while the family is in town, keep brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes and flossing at least once a day. Don’t forget to rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash and use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to clean your tongue. This will prevent bad breath and harmful bacteria from spreading.
The holidays are all about having fun, but while enjoying time spent with the ones you love, make sure you’re taking proper care of yourself and that includes your teeth and gums. By watching what you consume, you can make sure tooth decay isn’t one of the many presents you’ll receive this year.
About the Practice
At McDougal and Richards Dentistry, we want you to have a wonderful holiday season. From spending time to family and friends to embracing new and exciting traditions, it’s a great time of year! It’s also a beneficial time to schedule a regular dental checkup and cleaning. We know this time of year brings an overindulgence of sugar consumption, which is why we can make sure your teeth and gums are healthy and strong and free of any decay or disease. We can also provide useful tips to help you make it through the holidays without fear of cavities or infections. To find out how we can set you up for success this year, contact us at (972) 231-5376.
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