This busy holiday season, don’t let the traditional culinary fare sidetrack you from your healthy smile. It’s tempting to indulge and even to slow down your oral hygiene efforts. But even though the holiday feasting surrounds us with excess sugar and acids, you can use the following tips to protect your smile while maintaining your diligent daily oral hygiene routine:
-Eating sugar with your meal: If you are going to eat sugar, eat it with a meal instead of a stand-alone snack. Why? The longer your teeth are coated in sugar, the more you are feeding the harmful bacteria in the mouth, encouraging plaque. As you eat and drink with your meal can help to keep sugar from sticking to your pearly whites.
-Neutralize the acids on your teeth: Water, even seltzer water can neutralize the harmful acids that erode tooth enamel. This can help as you celebrate. Drinking water or mineral water can also help offset the acids on your teeth.
-Hold off on brushing: Say what? You heard right! Brushing right after eating acidic or sugary foods can actually harm your pearly whites as the enamel is softened by the acid wash. After 30 minutes your enamel will re-harden and you will be good to brush.
-Snack on cheese: If you are at a party, snack away on the cheeses to help your teeth. Not only is the protein good for you, but it also neutralizes the acid in the mouth.
-Sugar-free gum: If you can’t brush after snacking, chew on some sugar-free gum to freshen breath and stimulate healthy saliva production which is good for your smile.
At our dental practice in Independence, Missouri, Dr. Mark Jensen and our team invite you to enjoy the festive holiday season while employing our healthy smile tips. To schedule your next visit with our team, please call 816-569-9800 today. We look forward to helping you maintain your beautiful smile throughout the year!