As we move into the holiday season, it is likely that sweet treats like candies and cookies will be more accessible than ever before. And while holiday goodies are undoubtedly delicious, they can also wreak havoc on our smiles. That is why our Saint Louis dentists have put together this short article all about prioritizing your oral health during the holidays. Let’s get started!
Watch Out For Problem Ingredients
It is pretty common to hear people lament the effects that holiday candies and cookies have on their waistlines, but what about their smiles? The truth is that many of the goodies that contribute to weight gain also negatively affect oral health. Sugary candies, and acidic drinks all make it easier for harmful oral bacteria to flourish and grow in our mouths.
As you sample holiday goodies this year, keep in mind that increased consumption of sugar, especially in sticky formulations (like caramel and candy canes) can also increase your rate of developing cavities and gum disease.
Rinse With Water
One of the healthiest things you can do for your smile is also the simplest—rinse with water frequently! Every time that you rinse your mouth with water you support saliva production while simultaneously removing dental debris. Don’t let sugary and acidic particles sit on your smile for long; take the time to rinse regularly.
If you are going to be eating or drinking holiday treats this year, our dental team encourages you to make a plan for consuming responsibly. Because we want to limit the amount of time that oral bacteria are active and feeding on sugars in your mouth, we recommend sipping and snacking during specific periods of the day, rather than continuously. The same goes for enjoying acidic treats—doing so in one sitting is safer than exposing your smile to acid constantly.