With the holiday season in full swing, now is a good time to be aware of some common holiday treats that are hard on your teeth. Continue reading for helpful hints from our Rancho Mirage dentist team so you can keep your teeth and gums happy well into the New Year.
Favorite Holiday Treats That Are Tough on Teeth
Your favorite holiday foods may taste great, but they can also cause unexpected problems. For example, sugary sweets and beverages attract bacteria. These bacteria feed on the sugary residue left on your teeth and produce acid that wears down enamel and contributes to dental decay.Hard and sticky holiday sweets, like candy canes and caramels, can easily get stuck between your teeth or even crack a tooth or crown (same goes for popcorn and nuts).Even wine and other types of alcohol aren’t great for your teeth and gums. Alcoholic beverages are often sugary or acidic. Alcohol can also cause dehydration and reduce saliva production, further contributing to tooth decay.
3 Tips for Protecting Your Dental Health During the Holidays
- Maintain your normal brushing and flossing routine. We know the holidays can wear you out. But neglecting basic oral care habits leads to short-term and long-term damage. In fact, plaque begins to harden into tartar in just 24 hours—and tartar can only be removed by your dentist.
- Speaking of the dentist…be sure to schedule a check-up if you’re due. Regular dental exams keep your teeth clean and help us detect and address oral health problems early on.
- Enjoy your holiday favorites in moderation, fill up on plenty of nutrient-rich whole foods, and always brush your teeth after enjoying a special treat!
Ready for a healthy holiday season? Call Cros Dental at 760.444.3202 to schedule a dental exam in Rancho Mirage, CA.