The holiday season is a fun time of the year and we sometimes neglect to take care of ourselves as we should. It is hard to say no to all the special, tempting foods this time of the year, so don’t worry too much about eating during the holidays, but don’t forget to brush and floss!
For each of us this special season has different traditions but everyone seems to agree that it means having lots of sweets and goodies filled with sugar. Lovely cookies, cakes and candies, carbonated or alcoholic drinks, and fruit juice are just some examples. Most people know that sugar is bad for teeth but they don’t realize that it is actually the bacteria in the mouth that use the sugar to feed on and in turn create acid which leads to things like tooth decay. If brushing your teeth right after eating something sugar-filled is not an option, rinse your mouth well with water, drink lots of water, or chew sugar-free gum. Brush as soon as possible though.
Kernels of popcorn are notorious for getting caught between our teeth or under the gums. Swishing and rinsing with water, flossing and rinsing again will help get them out.
Salty snacks like pretzels, crackers and chips and other carbohydrate rich foods like bread, turn into sugar immediately when mixed with saliva and stick to the teeth like cement. They also get jammed into the crevices between teeth. It is vital to brush and floss your teeth as soon as possible after eating foods like these.
And, don’t forget the main meal. Pieces of meat can easily get stuck between the teeth, sometimes in difficult to get at places. Do not use a toothpick to remove them, flossing and rinsing is safer and more effective.
Have a wonderful holiday season but don’t forget to brush and floss. Contact us at Smile Center Dental (512)452-8200 if there is anything we can do for you.