The holidays are nearly here, but already many office parties and gatherings with friends and family are taking place. Many of your favorite holiday traditions may involve festive parties. While these parties are often fun, it can be difficult to remember to take care of your teeth during the festivities. Consuming too many sugary drinks and non-nutritious snacks increases your risk for tooth decay and cavities. Here are some tips to help you take care of your teeth during the holidays.
For many adults, the holidays are the season for eggnog, Brandy Alexanders, mulled wine, and other festive alcoholic drinks! However, you should keep in mind that too much alcohol can dry your mouth out and make it more susceptible to the bacteria that cause tooth decay. It’s okay if you have a couple of drinks at your parties during the holidays, but try to drink plenty of water too in order to avoid the deleterious effects it can have on your mouth.
Go Easy on the Candy Canes!
Candy canes are a great holiday tradition and can serve as breath mints during the season, but be careful when consuming them. Hard candies put your teeth at double risk, not only because they are full of sugar but also because they can break or chip your teeth.
Many parties during the holidays will feature plenty of chips, dips, and other snack foods. Watch out for any starchy foods you may eat during a party and take care to floss the next day. This will remove the food particles in your mouth that can contribute to plaque buildup.
Sticky foods are also quite popular during the holidays, but they can damage your teeth since they tend to stick on teeth longer than other kinds of food. Saliva production does increase when you eat, so eating sweets right after a big meal can help rinse away food particles and cancel out the acids that are produced by bacteria. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water to help wash away any remaining particles!
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