Cakes, cookies, pies – your sweet tooth just can't get enough! With the holiday season rapidly approaching, you are looking forward to extra special treats during your favorite time of year. Don't forget, however, that your teeth also need extra special protection during this time in order to prevent cavities and tooth decay from putting a damper on your holiday season. Your dentist in Mount Pleasant, SC has some tips on navigating holiday treats and protecting your oral health.
Brush Your Teeth Soon After Enjoying Your Treat
One way to protect your teeth is to brush after enjoying treats. This ensures that you wash away harmful sugars as soon as possible.
If you've had something acidic to eat or drink such as a sour gummy or carbonated soda, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing. The acid weakens your tooth enamel and you may cause damage to your teeth by brushing too soon.
Drink Lots of Water
Drinking water throughout your day not only keeps you hydrated, it also helps to wash away food particles, bacteria, and other debris in your mouth.
Use an Antibacterial Mouth Rinse
Adding an antibacterial mouth rinse to your home care can give you additional protection against tooth decay, without adding much additional time to your routine. Be sure to choose a rinse with fluoride and ask for your dentist's recommendation, as not all are created equal.
Eat Your Treat After a Meal
Believe it or not, adding your treat to the end of a meal actually helps to minimize the damage it can cause. This is because we tend to drink more during a meal and we have increased saliva flow for digestion, which helps to wash away food particles left by your sweet treat.
Being wise about how you enjoy your holiday sweets will ensure that you get all the enjoyment without any of the repercussions.