The winter holidays are known for sweet treats and tempting goodies, but that doesn't mean that you have to end up at the dentist with cavities in January.
When you eat sugary foods, naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugar and create acids as a byproduct. These acids then wear down your tooth enamel, making it weaker and more susceptible to tooth decay as well as a host of other problems, including gingivitis.
Snacking on sweets throughout the day or during an extended period of time is especially harmful, since damaging acids form in your mouth every time you eat a sugary snack.
Keep cavity-causing bacteria in check by adding these strategies to your holiday routine.
If you're relaxed or have more free time during the day or with your morning or nightly routine, you can use the time to brush more thoroughly and develop better oral care habits.
It isn't necessary to brush vigorously to get your teeth clean. What's important when brushing your teeth is not how hard you scrub, but that you use the proper technique and that you do a thorough job. And that takes time. Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth for two to three minutes to get the most thorough cleaning.
Once you get into the habit of brushing for two to three minutes every morning, every night and after every meal during the holidays, it’ll be easier keep those good habits when your regular routine resumes.
Last updated October, 2021
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