Christmas is here! And that means Christmas parties, food, fun, and merriment. But if you’re worried about your dental health this year, we’ve got just a few tips to help you avoid the worst of dental problems that typically occur this time of the year. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming in Nashville, TN for more tips and tricks to care for your teeth.
Don’t Forget to Brush!
No matter how tired you feel, or how much you’ve eaten or drank, be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing your teeth keeps plaque from sticking and washes away those harmful, cavity-causing bacteria as well. If you desire to use mouthwash as well, be sure that it’s alcohol-free: alcohol mouthwashes tend to dry out your mouth, creating a breeding ground for more bacteria.
Don’t Use Your Teeth As Tools
We know you’re tempted to open your presents on Christmas Eve, but even your teeth have limits. Do not use your teeth to tear open plastic containers, grab small metal pieces, or otherwise unusual uses for your teeth. Your teeth are meant for biting and grinding food, but using them on foreign objects can result in cracks, chips, or worse, breaking your tooth.
Parties are often popular with wine, liquor, soda, coffee and more. But be sure to drink water as well! Water is the essential ingredient for keeping your body healthy and hydrated so you can keep on partying. It also keeps your saliva production going, so your mouth can naturally wash away food particles and bacteria.
Beware of Soda and Wine
Water is better, but soda and wine can be divine, especially if you don’t drink it often. While it’s okay to indulge every once in awhile, beware of indulging in these drinks too much at your family Christmas party. Both are acidic to your teeth, and have properties that dry out your mouth as well. While it may be satisfactory now, it can easily dry up your saliva production later on. The combination of acidity and lack of saliva can wreak havoc on your enamel, the protective layer over your teeth.
Go for the Fruit and Veggies
The holidays are when the temptation to eat sugary treats becomes more and more frequent. Instead of the cookies and creamy desserts at the hors-d’oeuvre table, reach for the healthier options such as fruit or vegetables and natural dips. They contain more natural vitamins that keep your teeth, including enamel, strong.
Happy Holidays from Dentistry of Nashville!
We wish our patients and our blog readers a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. If dental treatments are needed in your future, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation with our team of dentists. We’ll be more than happy to help you achieve your dream smile this coming new year.