Protecting Your Teeth During the Holidays

Protecting Your Teeth During the Holidays
Posted on 11/28/2016

The holidays are coming up fast, and we know many of our patients are looking forward to some time spent relaxing with friends and family, and enjoying some seasonal holiday sweets. However, many of the foods and candies we love to enjoy during the holidays aren’t the best for your oral health. That's because naturally-occurring bacteria in your mouth break the sugars in these foods down into acids, which attack the tooth enamel and cause dental decay. To make sure you have healthy teeth in the upcoming months, here are a few holiday tooth safety tips and tricks.

Tips to Keep Your Teeth Safe During the Holidays 

  • Limit the Frequency of Sweets: When it comes to the teeth, it's the frequency of eating that's most dangerous. Every time you eat, you activate the bacteria in your mouth that cause decay – so limiting the frequency of eating sweets is a great way to protect teeth.
  • Don't Go to Sleep Right After Eating: When we sleep, we produce less saliva, so any food or acid in the mouth can do double damage while we're sleeping. To counteract this, give some time – at least an hour – between your last holiday treat and bedtime.
  • Rinse Your Mouth Frequently: Even if you can't do a full brushing during the day, rinsing your mouth out with water can help. Rinsing washes away some of the acids and sugars that harm the teeth, so giving your mouth a good rinse after each meal or glass of wine can help protect your teeth.
  • Keep Up with Regularly Scheduled Dental & Orthodontic Appointments: Dental health is even more important during the holidays, so it's critical that you maintain your regularly scheduled appointments and cleanings with your dentist and orthodontist. And, if you don't have one coming up soon, it's always a good idea to schedule a cleaning during January!

Contact Your Bright & Howell, MI Orthodontist

The holidays present a vulnerable time for teeth, but with some care and diligent oral hygiene, you’ll maintain your healthy smile. If you have any questions about oral care during the holidays or are interested in learning more about orthodontic treatment, please call us at 810-227-1950 or reach out to us at our contact page to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you, and we wish you luck keeping your teeth safe this holiday season!