This time of year is often characterized by an influx of sweets, treats, and sugary beverages. And, while cookies and candies can make the holidays feel more festive, they can also do some very real damage to your oral health. That is why our Troy dentists have put together this short article about protecting your smile this time of year. Let’s get started!
Be Aware Of Problem Ingredients
Many people find that their diets change drastically during the holiday season. You may find yourself consuming more sugar than normal, in the form of candy, cookies, and festive drinks.
It is important to remember that the oral bacteria that live in your mouth actually feed on sugars and refined carbohydrates. As you enjoy sugary treats, you are actually creating an ideal oral environment for oral bacteria. Additionally, acidic substances temporarily weaken dental enamel, thus making it easier for oral bacteria to infiltrate the surface of your smile.
Sometimes the simplest steps really are the most effective, and that is certainly the case when it comes to rinsing your smile. When you take the time to rinse your mouth with water, you are making it more difficult for harmful bacteria to feed on sugary food particles and dental debris. Plus, when you rinse your mouth, you prompt your body to produce saliva, which is necessary to maintaining a healthy oral environment.
Indulge With A Plan
It may seem impossible to completely cut out sugary and acidic treats from your diet, but what if you simply made a plan to indulge more responsibly? For example, set aside a specific time of day or night during which eating sugary treats is OK. Outside of this period of indulgence, try to drink as much water as possible, and make otherwise healthy dietary decisions.
Keeping sugar consumption limited to once-a-day will naturally minimize the amount of time that oral bacteria are active and feeding on sugars and refined carbohydrates.
To learn more about how your diet can affect your oral health, or to schedule a personal consultation with our Troy dentists, please give our office a call! You can also use the Contact Us page on our site to submit an inquiry.