Tips To Keep Your Smile On The Nice List This Season! [BLOG]
Santa has his own naughty and nice list, and we have ours!
This festive time of year is so special, but in all that fun and celebration, there are certain oral health threats to be aware of.
The biggest among them is sugar, which causes tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. It starts when bad bacteria inside your mouth feed off the bits of sugar and debris left behind after you eat or drink something. That process generates harmful acids the erode your tooth enamel, weakening it and leaving it more susceptible to stains, damage, and more bacteria.
While moderation is always a good practice when it comes to sugar, there’s more you can do to keep your smile merry and bright this season.
Our team at Patrick Stuckey, DDS in Ruston, LA is here to help!
Keep Your Smile On The Nice List!
Here are some helpful tips to protect your teeth and gums and, ultimately, keep your smile on the nice list throughout the holiday season!
*Don’t Neglect Your Teeth & Gums*
It’s easy to get swept up in the beautiful chaos of the holidays and let certain habits and routines fall by the wayside. That’s why you need to be especially vigilant this time of year when it comes to your daily oral hygiene regimen.
Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time, and floss at least once a day to keep your teeth and gums as clean as possible.
*Eat, Rinse, Repeat*
Along with your normal brushing and flossing each day, it would help to rinse your mouth out with water after a meal or a sweet treat. This will wash away sugar and food particles from your mouth and starve the bad bacteria that waits to feast on it, protecting your teeth and gums from decay and cavities.
*Beware The Sugar Plum Fairies*
Probably more than at any other time of year, you’ll be surrounded by the sugar plum fairies this holiday season. Pies, cakes, cookies, and candy are irresistible, so go ahead and indulge!
But practice moderation when it comes to sugar, and try to avoid sticky treats like marshmallow, caramel, and toffee.
Sugar is bad enough for your teeth, but sugar that literally sticks to the nooks and crannies inside your mouth for hours after you’ve eaten is worse.
*Don’t Have A Hard Candy Christmas*
Although candy canes are the most popular treats of the season, maybe they’re better saved as decoration for trimming the tree or your child’s gingerbread house.
Candy canes aren’t just loaded with sugar, but crunching on this hard seasonal treat can damage your teeth or gums if you’re not careful.
*Be Nice To Your Teeth & Use Scissors*
There never seems to be enough time during the holidays, given how much you have to prepare. That’s why it can be tempting to make decisions out of convenience that may not be good for you. When wrapping and unwrapping presents, for example, you might want to just use your teeth to tear paper, tape, and plastic items if scissors aren’t handy.
This isn’t what your teeth are made for, so it’s easier than you might think to cause injury to your teeth or gums.
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Don’t deprive yourself of the all the things that make the holidays so fun, but keep these healthy smile tips in mind when deciding how to fill your glass, fill your plate, and tear open the Christmas packages this year!
Then be sure to visit Dr. Stuckey after the holidays are over so we can make sure your teeth and gums are still on the nice list!