Oral Care Tips for Winter Holidays
Posted by GULF COAST DENTAL Dec 12, 2022
During the winter holidays, it can be tempting to skip your regular dental cleanings or postpone your restorative procedures. After all, you’re busy decorating the house, baking cookies for parties, and traveling to see friends and family. However, neglecting your oral health needs can have negative consequences. In fact, the dental office is the first line of defense against oral health issues – including gum disease, cavities, cracked teeth, and more. Skipping your appointments could lead to bigger problems later. Here are a few tips for taking care of your teeth during the holidays.
- Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Brushing after meals is essentially important as it allows food particles to be cleared from your teeth and gums before they have a chance to turn into plaque or cause other damage. Make sure to brush for at least two minutes at a time, and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect your enamel from excessive wear.
- Floss daily to clean between teeth and under the gum line where a toothbrush cannot reach. This removes food and bacteria buildup, which can cause infection and inflammation. In addition, be sure to use a new section of floss for each tooth to avoid spreading bacteria and germs.
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash. Mouthwashes with antimicrobial ingredients can help prevent and treat periodontal (gum) disease, dry don't, and other oral infections. They can also reduce plaque buildup and remove odor-causing compounds from the mouth.
- Eat a well-balanced diet. Sticky treats like caramels, gummies, and taffy can stick to your teeth longer than other types of candy. This means they are more likely to cause tooth decay. Try to avoid sugary treats as much as possible this holiday season - or save them for after meals to prevent damage to your enamel.
- In addition to eating too much food, people often snack without brushing their teeth in between bites. Your teeth are susceptible to tooth decay and cavities from leftover particles that get stuck in your teeth after snacks or meals. During winter holidays, in particular, you may find yourself consuming sugary treats more frequently than you usually do. Be sure to brush at least twice a day and schedule regular cleanings and checkups to protect your oral health!
Visit Gulf Coast Dental at 3101 West Michigan Ave. Suite F, Pensacola, FL 32526, or call (850) 944-5515 to learn more about oral health.