How To Care For Your Teeth After Holidays?

Holidays are a time for celebration, but they can also be a time for the body to take a beating. That’s because holiday parties often involve lots of sugar-laden drinks and snacks, not to mention an increase in socializing, which means more chances for bacteria to enter your mouth. If you want to avoid tooth decay or gum disease this year, read on!

1) Drink water
Water helps flush out the sugars and acids contained in soda, coffee, wine, and other drinks that can contribute to tooth decay. In fact, drinking water after a sugary beverage has been shown to reduce dental decay by up to 60%.

2) Brush your teeth twice a day
Don’t forget this step! Brushing your teeth regularly with fluoride toothpaste can reduce plaque buildup, cavities, and gum disease. Be sure to brush along the gum line, below the tip of your gums, for at least one minute each time you brush!

3) Floss daily
Flossing regularly is essential in preventing tooth decay and gum disease by removing harmful food particles between the teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach.

4) Visit your dentist twice per year
Schedule dental checkups at least twice a year so your dentist can spot any early signs of oral health problems and provide professional treatment before they progress into significant issues that could lead to costly complications. Likewise, if you have someone in your family who has a history of gum disease or you struggle with repeated cavities, be sure to visit your dentist more often.

5) Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months
Replace your toothbrush after you’ve been sick. Don’t use the same toothbrush again until it is completely dry! Otherwise, the wet bristles can provide a breeding ground for bacteria.

6) Avoid chewing on ice cubes or hard candy
Since these items can damage your teeth, they should be avoided while you’re at a holiday party. If you must chew on something while sipping a festive drink, try sugar-free gum, which will help freshen your breath in the meantime!

7) Prevent dry mouth
Dry mouth is one of the leading causes of bad breath. If you’re feeling a little parched, try sipping water or using a tongue scraper to remove any bacteria lingering on your tongue, which can also contribute to halitosis. If you are experiencing constant dry mouth, contact your doctor because it may signify a more serious medical condition.

If you are ready for a dental check-up or just need a consultation, contact GT Dental today!

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