Have you ever wondered why people tend to get more cavities and broken teeth around the holiday season? It’s because this time of year is rife with opportunities to damage your pearly whites, like eating sugary holiday treats and using your teeth as tools to open stubborn packaging. When you’re at a holiday party, it can be hard to keep your oral hygiene at the forefront of your mind. However, your teeth and gums will thank you if you follow these four holiday party tips from a family dentist in Medford.
1. Don’t Stay Out Too Late
When you’re out partying with your friends and family during the holidays, it can be tempting to stay out and have the night of your life. But did you know that doing so could actually spell disaster for your dental health? Not getting enough sleep inhibits your immune system, making you more likely to develop oral infections like tooth decay and gum disease. Try and leave the party at a decent hour. You’ll feel much better in the morning!
2. Take It Easy on the Alcohol
Speaking of feeling better in the morning, drinking too much can result in more than just a hangover. Alcohol depletes your mouth’s supply of saliva, which means it can no longer rinse your mouth out of leftover food particles and the bacteria they attract. If you’re going to consume alcohol, be sure to sip some water as well to counteract this effect. A good rule of thumb is one glass of water for every alcoholic drink. Drinking plenty of water will also decrease your chances of getting a hangover!
3. Avoid Sticky Treats
Chewy candies like taffy and caramel stick to the teeth, coating them in a layer of sugar that promotes bacterial growth. When bacteria feast on the sugars in your mouth, they leave behind an acidic waste product that erodes your tooth enamel and results in cavities. Consider eating these foods sparingly, or eat them with other items so that they don’t stick to your teeth.
4. Use the Proper Tools
You might think that it looks cool to crack open bottles or nuts with your teeth, but doing so can cause some serious damage. You could chip or crack your teeth, which is expensive and pricy to treat. Additionally, many people use their teeth as a tool to open their holiday presents. To save yourself an emergency trip to your dentist in Medford, use a bottle opener, a nutcracker, and your hands to accomplish these tasks.
About the Author
Dr. Thomas Lloyd earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Since then, he has received additional training in sedation dentistry, and has also received the Quintessence Award for clinical excellence in restorative dentistry, which includes fillings and crowns to heal any broken teeth or cavities you may develop this holiday season. To learn more, click here to contact his practice, Premier Care Dental.