Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Why you should take care of your teeth during the holidays:

The holidays are coming fast, which means that treats are everywhere. Most holiday traditions revolve around enjoying cookies, candy, hot chocolate and even gingerbread men. Consider this a lot of sugar. All this extra sugar during a small amount of time can take a toll on your teeth. We’re happy to provide some support and remind you why you should take care of your teeth during the holidays. Please keep the following in mind when attending all your upcoming holiday celebrations:

  • Hard to chew foods can your damage teeth. That's because sticky goodies, including healthy choices like raisins, dates and dried fruit are known to clasp acids against teeth longer than other foods. Try consuming less of these chewy foods. 
  • Snacking on sweets and sugary beverages constantly throughout the day can increase the chance of tooth decay and gum disease. Harmful acids form in the mouth every single time you eat a sweet snack and continues affecting teeth for at least 20 minutes afterwards. Try spending some time not eating to avoid this. 
  • Holidays can create an increased amount of stress and anxiety. Patients come in with incidents of grinding or clenching their teeth. This causes awful jaw pain and can lead to more serious issues like chipped teeth or severe migraines. We recommend you find ways to relieve stress before it’s too late. Custom night guards help prevent grinding. Call us! 

We want you to enjoy the holidays without any dental issues. Following this tips will not only avoid a dental emergency but also help you have a healthy smile. We wish you a warm and happy Thanksgiving!