Dental Basics for the Holidays

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The holidays are here! With all the sugary goodies flying around, it is extra-important to stay on top of your mouth care. Here are some ideas to take care of your teeth and gums through all those holiday parties.

Be Aware of the Foods You Eat: Don’t just snack on sugary treats throughout the day. Eat a treat or two, then stop. This limits the time the sugar is in contact with your teeth. Accompany all sweet or acidic dishes with a large glass of water, to help clean your teeth and wash the acids and sugars away from the tooth’s surface.

Chew Gum: After eating or drinking sugary foods, chew a piece of sugar-free gum for about 20 minutes. This also applies to acidic foods. After you eat, your teeth are much more sensitive to abrasion, so brushing right after eating is not always a good idea (unless directed to do so by your dentist). Chewing gum cleans your teeth in the meantime.

Brush: Of course, nothing substitutes for brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time. This removes plaque and debris from your mouth and is the foundation of good oral hygiene.

Floss: Floss once a day, using a single-filament ADA approved floss specifically designed for that purpose. This removes plaque and debris from places your brush can’t reach. The ADA recommends flossing once a day for 2-3 minutes each time.

For more information, call Henry K. Danziger DDS in Naugatuck, Connecticut, at 203.729.0563. Dr. Henry Danziger and our team are happy to help keep your smile shining bright!