3 Ways To Take Better Care Of Your Teeth Over The Holidays

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The holiday season is something that you look forward to all year long. Gathering with family and friends, eating delicious food, and drinking festive beverages is as much part of the season as the decorations, music, and old family traditions. Before you get swept up in the spirit of the season, make sure that you are keeping your oral health at the forefront of your mind. It can be easy to backslide and pick up unhealthy habits during the holiday season if you are not comfortable. Make sure that you are greeting the new year with a white, healthy smile by practicing these three easy habits. Here are three ways to take better care of your teeth over the holidays.

Drink teeth-staining beverages through a straw.

Sweet, sugary drinks are almost as abundant as the sugary baked goods and candies at a holiday celebration. You do not have to completely stop enjoying sugary beverages for the sake of your teeth. Instead, make sure that you are moderating your intake of these beverages, as they contain high concentrations of acids and sugars that can stain your teeth. When you do decide to drink some of these beverages, make sure that you do so through a straw. This allows you to enjoy the flavor without allowing the highly pigmented liquid to come into contact with your tooth enamel. Take care not to backwash.

Drink water after every meal or snack.

Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is the standard for oral hygiene. During the holidays, it becomes more important than ever to have a solid oral hygiene regimen, especially when you consider all the extra sugar and acid in your diet due to traditional, fun foods. Ideally, you should brush your teeth about 30 minutes after each meal, especially if that meal was very sugary. However, if you do not have the time or a toothbrush around, then the next best thing you can do is drink a big glass of water. This helps to dilute some of the food residues that are left behind on your teeth.

Substitute traditional sugar for xylitol sweetener.

When it comes to putting a touch more sweetener on a dish or in a drink, choose xylitol instead of traditional sugar. Often found in "sugar free" chewing gum, xylitol provides sweet flavoring while giving your teeth a break. Xylitol is not converted into acid in your mouth like traditional sugar, meaning that it does not degrade your tooth enamel. It has properties which reduce the amount of bacteria that cause tooth decay in your mouth as well.

For more information, contact dentists like those at A A Dental Clinic. 

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