Tips From Our O’Fallon Dentists On Maintaining Oral Health During The Holidays

Written by Dr. Brace on Dec 5, 2023

As the holidays roll around each year, we tend to see more cookies, candies, and cakes in our kitchens than in months past. This celebratory time of year is rife with goodies that can be downright damaging to our smiles. That is why our O’Fallon dentists have put together this short article about maintaining oral health through the holidays.

Pay Attention to Ingredients

Sipping on a delicious cup of hot cocoa feels festive, but we need to keep in mind that increased sugar consumption can lead to increased instances of cavities and gum disease.

Rinse Thoroughly

Try to get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water throughout the day, and especially after consuming sugary or acidic goodies. As you would imagine, it isn’t a good idea to let food particles sit on your smile indefinitely. And, when you rinse your mouth with water you also jump-start saliva production.

Indulge Intentionally

We all know that it can be harmful to our waistlines when we continuously graze and sip on holiday treats, but did you know that it can likewise damage your smile? The more frequently you introduce sugary and acidic substances into your mouth, the more chances oral bacteria have to grow and infiltrate your teeth.

Try setting aside a specific time during which you will indulge in cookies and candies. Then, for the rest of the day, prioritize water consumption and healthy choices.

We hope that you found this information helpful, and, remember, you can always reach out to our O’Fallon dental team for more information and guidance!