Holiday Reminders for Good Oral Health

a family with healthy teeth smiling before dinnerIt truly is the season to be jolly. The Christmas holidays are a good reason to get together with the whole family and eat. That, however, also means that your teeth are subjected to more activity – and more bacteria – than usual.

Here are some reminders to keep your teeth in good health this season:

Don’t forget to brush your teeth before going to bed.

It’s not just the kids who have to be reminded to brush their teeth before bedtime. Family dentistry practices in Greenwood stress that everyone in the family has to keep their habit, even if they expect to wake up at midnight to celebrate. The bacteria in your mouth will continue to populate no matter the occasion, so your brushing should not be put on hold.

Consume sweets in moderation.

Sticky toffees and cakes are a blessing for your sweet tooth, but they are a menace to your mouth. They feed the bacteria that resides in between teeth gaps, and if you consume plenty of them, you are on your way to an oral disaster. Be careful especially when biting into hard candies, as they may chip your teeth and require emergency dental attention. To be safe, keep the number of your dentist in your contacts.

Drink plenty of water.

After you’ve consumed enough food and drank some sodas or alcohol, the acids in them may erode tooth enamel. Brushing immediately after is not recommended, but you can drink some water to rinse away excess food particles and acids that adhere to the teeth. After about 30 minutes, you can then brush your teeth. Drinking water also keeps your mouth from being dry so that it may prevent bad breath.

It’s easy to forget about control when there are plenty of food choices in front of you. After you’ve eaten your fill, however, don’t forget to care for your teeth.