The holidays are some of the few times in the year where we can feast and not feel guilty! But, candy canes, caramel candy and other sweet treats can be hazardous to your teeth. We want you to have your cake and eat it too, so here are six tips to keep in mind during the holiday season to keep your mouth in cheeful spirits!
MERRY MOUTH TIPS
Avoid frequent snacking – There’s enough food for everybody! Take breaks from eating so that your saliva can neutralize acid and repair tooth enamel.
Use a straw – Steer the acids in your drink away from direct contact with your teeth. This minimizes any damage from the acidity, as well as any staining that may occur.
Rinse your mouth with water – Try taking 15 to 20 seconds to cleanse your teeth after eating something acidic. Doing this simple trick stops the acid from attacking your teeth and also encourages the production of saliva, which helps avoid bad breath.
Chew sugar-free gum – Similar to the previous tip, chewing gum increases the production of saliva. Sharing gum at parties is also a great way to break the ice.
Pass on chewy treats – Holiday candy platters are often loaded with treats that can harm your teeth. Sugary substances cling to tooth enamel and encourage tooth decay. Sticky candies like caramel and taffy can even cause damage to your dental work!
Use proper tools to open packages and bottles – We know you’re excited to rip into that gift from your great aunt, but teeth are not the right tools for the task. Gripping a package or stubborn bottle cap with your teeth can cause permanent damage. Give your mouth a great gift – reach for scissors or a bottle opener instead.