It’s hard to avoid sweet treats during the holidays. With a cookie here and a candy cane there, you teeth can soon be in danger of cavities, broken braces, and more. Here are some tips to keep up with your dental health during the holidays.
Stay hydrated – Hot chocolate and egg nog are tasty, but they’re not great at hydrating your body, especially if they have caffeine or alcohol in them.Too much alcohol can dry out your mouth, which can make it more susceptible to the bacteria that cause cavities. If you drink alcoholic beverages, try to drink plenty of water too.
Watch out for hard candy – Candy canes and other hard candies can easily break teeth or orthodontic equipment, so be careful! They’re also full of sugar, and can easily get caught in teeth or braces, causing a great opportunity for cavities.
Floss after starchy foods – Chips and pretzels can easily get stuck in your teeth, so floss and brush thoroughly after eating these snacks to eliminate plaque buildup.
Avoid sticky foods – Sticky foods like candies and treats stay in your teeth longer than other types of food. Because saliva production increases when you eat, try to eat sweets soon after the big meal. This will help rinse away the food particles and fight the bacteria.