4 Things to Remember for Your Oral Health During the Holiday Season

It’s the most sugarful time of the year! With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the last 10 weeks of the year are some of the sweetest as far as sugar is concerned! There will be a lot of opportunity to eat tasty treats in the next few weeks, and we want to make sure you are prepared! Remember these tips to maximize your oral health as you celebrate the holidays.

 

Brush and Floss Your Teeth Twice Daily (And Correctly!)

As important as we know brushing twice per day, according to the American Dental Association, only 46% of Americans are doing it – and the percent for flossing is even worse. Brushing helps eliminate those sugary foods we will be eating this Christmas, as well as reduce acid that cause teeth erosion. How you brush is just as important. Be sure to choose toothpaste that contains fluoride and a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid gum irritation. Brush your teeth softly with short strokes for at least two minutes, and avoid brushing too soft or too hard. And don’t forget to floss! Flossing helps get rid of plaque and food between your teeth brushing may miss.

 

Drink a Glass of Water with Your Christmas Feast

While the holiday beverages are typically hot chocolate and egg nog, both of these beverages are full of sugar and should be limited. Water is the best beverage for your oral and overall health. If you are not able to eliminate these tasty holiday beverages, it would help to include a glass of water. This can help eliminate some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic foods and beverages you will be eating during the holidays.

 

Eat Smarter, Not Sweeter

There are ways to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth besides diving into the Snickerdoodles. Eating natural sugars like fresh fruit not only contains more healthy fiber, but it’s the best choice for your teeth. And sometimes, all your body is craving is water. Sugar cravings can often be confused for thirst, so try to grab a glass a water before eating the candy cane!

 

Visit the Dentist Regularly

It’s almost December and you haven’t visited the dentist since last year? It’s not too late to schedule a checkup for this year – and it’s important that you do. In fact, we recommend at least two visits to the dentist a year. It’s important to keep up with regular visits because we will not only give your teeth a proper teeth cleaning, we will evaluate the health of your gums, take x-rays, and check for cavities and other issues.
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The Best and Worst Foods for Your Dental Health

It’s back to school time, which means lunch packing season has begun!  Your child’s oral health is extremely important, and to prevent cavities and maintain good oral health, your diet — what you eat and how often you eat — are important factors. The minute you eat certain foods, bacteria in the mouth convert sugars and carbohydrates from the foods you eat to acids.  Acids begin to attack the enamel on teeth, starting the decay process.

There are plenty of foods that can damage your teeth, but did you know that there are foods that actually promote good oral health? Although you’re already flossing and brushing regularly, incorporating the right foods into your diet can strengthen teeth and keep them in great shape. When feeding you and your family, consider these foods to consume and avoid when improving your oral health.

 

It’s a Party in Your Mouth With These Food Choices

The best food choices for the health of your mouth include cheeses, chicken or other meats, nuts, and milk. These foods are thought to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to redeposit tooth enamel after being removed by acids.  Dairy products are full of calcium and other minerals that promote oral wellness, but it’s important to eat the right dairy products. When choosing milk, always skip conventional products that are full of hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals.

Other food choices include crunchy fruits such as apples and pears.  Because apples are high in water, eating them stimulates saliva production, which helps rid your mouth of bacteria and stray food particles. The fiber found in apples also stimulates the gums and acts as a mild astringent for your teeth, gently brightening them.  If you want to consume acidic foods, such as citrus fruits and tomatoes, it will not cause harm as long as they are eaten as part of a larger meal to minimize their acid.

Because they’re high in vitamins and minerals while being low in calories, leafy greens—like kale, spinach, Swiss chard and collard greens—are a fool-proof way to keep teeth healthy. The antioxidants and vitamins found in these powerful veggies combat cavities while also serving as a sneaky source of calcium to keep teeth strong.

 

Limit Yourself When Consuming These for Strong Oral Health

Poor food choices include candy — such as lollipops, hard candies, and mints — cookies, cakes, pies, breads, muffins, potato chips, pretzels, french fries, bananas, raisins, and other dried fruits. These foods contain large amounts of sugar and/or can stick to teeth, providing a fuel source for bacteria. In addition, cough drops should be used only when necessary as they, like sugary candy, contribute to tooth decay.

Limit your consumption of sugar-containing drinks, including soft drinks, lemonade, and coffee or tea with added sugar. Also, avoid day-long sipping of sugar-containing drinks — day-long sipping exposes your teeth to constant sugar and, in turn, constant decay-causing acids.