Maintaining Healthy Teeth During the Holidays
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Maintaining Healthy Teeth During the Holidays

Holiday Dental Health

Tis the season for visiting relatives, giving gifts, and making yummy holiday treats. We understand that your dental health is probably not very high on your priority list during the holiday season, but it’s more important than ever to care for your teeth. The holidays usually mean more alcohol and sugary foods than you may be used to consuming. You don’t want to ring in the New Year with a dental cavity or tooth decay!

Holiday Dental Health

Give yourself the gift of a beautiful and healthy smile this year! Below are 3 of the biggest culprits when it comes to holiday tooth problems, and how to avoid them:

  • Sugar – Sugar is awful for your teeth! The natural bacteria living in your mouth feed on the sugar and create an acid that wears away tooth enamel, causing small cavities. If these cavities go untreated, they can lead to tooth decay and even an infection. Go easy on the sweets this year, and don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth after especially sugary meals.
  • Alcohol – Alcoholic beverages, especially wines, are very acidic. As mentioned above, acid wears away your tooth’s enamel, making them vulnerable to all sorts of dental problems. To avoid damage from alcoholic beverages, avoid swishing the drink around your mouth and rinse with water between drinks.
  • Stress – Stress can have a negative effect on all aspects of your health, including your dental health. Stress has been linked to bruxism, which is the clenching or grinding of teeth, usually during sleep. Bruxism can be managed by decreasing your stress or being fitted with a custom mouth guard to wear to bed at night.

Holidays don’t excuse you from following your usual dental health care routine! You should still be brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist every six months for a routine cleaning and exam.

To make an appointment at Lockett Orthodontics, please be sure to contact our Colorado Springs, Colorado office.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016

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