By following these simple watery tips, you will be able to maintain good oral health during the holiday season while you have a great time.
Now that we are heading into the festive season, it is more likely you and your family will consume lots of sweet snacks, festive foods and drinks. It is a time when we can all forget about our dental health and the good habits you have built up over the year. However, there are ways to prevent tooth decay while we all indulge over this time of year.
Alcohol and Sugary Drinks
It’s highly likely you and your family will consume more alcohol and more sugary drinks over the coming month or so. You can combat the potential negative effects on your teeth by alcohol and sugary drinks by consuming water after drinking them. This is something you can do all year round. Keep in this in mind for next year.
Sweets and Candies
Sweets and candies are a huge part of the festive season. Bacteria just love the sugary residues left by candy. It is not unusual for the damage done during the festive season to turn up early in the year. Holiday binges can have negative effects soon afterwards. Again, drinking water or chewing sugarless gum after eating sweet foods is a great way to combat the negative effects of all those sugars in your mouth.
Chew Xylitol Based Gum
Chewing Xylitol gum really helps, believe it or not. When we eat sugars, we also give the bacteria in our mouth loads of energy to multiply. When they multiply they create acids, which eat away at the enamel on your teeth. Xylitol is a natural sweetener made from fibrous plants and does not break down like sugar. It does however; help to keep a neutral pH level in your mouth. This is in turn keeps the acid attack at bay. Chewing Xylitol based gums is always a good habit to have, especially after meals.
Bring Your Toothbrush
There is nothing wrong with going to the bathroom and brushing your teeth after a big meal, especially when festive parties can often include lunch and dinner. Brushing our teeth after meals is one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay. We are pretty sure everyone will understand and it is good to keep your children in good habits no matter how big the party is.
Remember to combine your regular oral hygiene routine with regular dental check-ups.
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