Dental Hazard No: 1: Sugary Christmas Treats
The most festive season of the year, unfortunately, might also be the worst time for your dental health. Amidst the merrymaking, excitement and possibly chaos of the season, your dental health can suffer.
We’re not trying to be a Grinch but we’d like to remind you of the 12 Dental Hazards of Christmas…
…starting with Hazard No. 1: Sugary Christmas Treats.
So much of what we associate with Christmas fun and celebration involves food, often of the sweet and sticky variety. So naturally, during the festive season, many of us consume an awful lot of sugar!
The bacteria in the mouth can convert sugar to acid. The more often you consume sugary foods the more acid is produced. If this acid is allowed to remain against the tooth enamel, the enamel can dissolve which ultimately can cause cavities or holes in your teeth.
You need not deprive yourself of these holiday treats, but the key is to enjoy them in moderation. It is also a good idea to rinse your mouth with water after consuming sugar-filled foods to wash away the sugar and acids from around the teeth. Don’t forget to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly, especially at bedtime!