The holidays are here and that means family gatherings and photo opportunities with your family and friends. Don’t be caught without your brightest smile. Here are three simple tips to remember from the Academy of General Dentistry.
Whether red or white, the high acidity levels in wine can eat away at a tooth’s enamel. Tooth enamel is critical in the protection against decay and cavities. To avoid damage, refrain from swishing the wine around in your mouth, and drink water in between beverages to rinse the teeth of the acid.
Bacteria in the mouth thrive on the sugars found in candy canes, chocolate, and gingerbread cookies, increasing the likelihood of developing cavities. If you are not able to brush and floss after munching on sweet treats, drink water or chew a piece of sugarless gum. This will boost saliva flow in the mouth and help wash away bacteria.
Holiday anxiety can cause people to grind or clench their teeth, causing jaw pain, headaches, and chipping. “Finding ways to alleviate your anxiety can help, but it’s also important to see your dentist, who can recommend solutions like a custom night guard”
Don’t let tooth damage or decay get in the way of a beautiful holiday smile. Keep your teeth their best and whitest for those memorable holiday pictures as you celebrate the season.
We at Brogdon Dental want to thank each and everyone of our patients. We look forward to a new year of helping you have and keep those beautiful smiles.