Christmas & Your Teeth: Naughty or Nice?

Santa claus and Mrs Santa with cookies

Amid the Holiday Season parties and gatherings, are fun and festive moods and foods! Chocolates, cakes, candy canes and eggnog, all delicious but dangerous; darn that sugar!

The yummy treats and carbonated drinks and wine consumption all pose a risk to your teeth during the holidays. Let’s face it, we all tend to overindulge at Christmastime; and the constant nibbling and sipping is what causes damage to our teeth. When exposed to sugars and acid and not promptly brushed, teeth undergo an acid attack. This attack weakens the hard enamel outer shell and causes deterioration, erosion, and tooth decay.

Now, we don’t expect you to avoid snacking all together so here are a few tips to help reduce the damaging effects of Christmas eating on your teeth.

  • Limit how often you expose your teeth to sugar and acids. The more you nibble, the longer your teeth are under an acid attack.
  • Serve a cheese tray after meals. Cheese aids in returning the mouth to its natural acid balance which reduces the risk for tooth decay.
  • Brushing away the plaque, sugar and acid before bedtime and in the morning will also reduce the risk for tooth decay. Keep brushing and flossing!

The Holiday Season is meant to be enjoyed and spent with family and friends. Don’t let a tooth ache keep you from having a great time this Christmas Season. For tips on brushing and flossing please visit www.wcdental.ca.

A special Seasons Greetings from Dr. Kate Bazydlo, and staff.