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You’re likely eating more plaque-causing and spicy foods during the holidays, and you may be overdue for your cleaning. You’re only a breath away from being embarrassed by halitosis. Your dental cleaning can help you restore your “close-up” confidence.
It’s not always easy to eat healthy. The key is to find a balance between indulging enough to have fun and still make overall healthy choices. Eating on the run, you’re less likely to focus on what’s good for you and more likely to grab what’s convenient. Planning ahead for nutrient-rich meals and snacks by replacing processed and fast foods with whole foods. Remember, what’s good for your body is good for your teeth and gums.
Chomping down on hard candy, like toffee, nuts, and brittles can crack your teeth. They may be oh-so-irresistible but the potential damage to your teeth and fillings isn’t worth the risk. Sticky candies like taffy and caramel have been known to pull out fillings and loosen old bridges! If candy is a must, stick to chocolate and brush soon afterwards.
Oral bacteria that feed off sugar can generate an acid pH that is comparable to battery acid. Sodas and other common holiday drinks bathe your teeth in a continuous layer of decay-causing acid, which can be extremely corrosive to your teeth. Sour candies and pickled foods can have the same effect. If you’re going to consume acidic treats, foods, or drinks.
*** Rinsing with water or chewing xylitol-containing gum can also help lessen the damaging effects! ***