Are your teeth prepared for the holiday season? With all the hustle and bustle, our dental health is not always on the forefront of our mind. There are ways to prevent cavities from taking over this holiday season, a time when sugary snacks are the only option and the only way to stay warm is to drink endless amounts of coffee or tea. If you’re looking for ways to prevent possible staining and decay, look no further! Here are four ways you can tackle dental health and still participate in holiday festivities.
Brush and Floss Twice as Long
It cannot be said enough times. The best way to combat tooth decay, plaque build up and staining is to consistently keep your teeth fresh and free from any lingering bacteria. No matter what you do, bacteria will build up throughout the day. Basically, there is no way to avoid this. If you choose to be proactive and create a daily oral health routine, the bacteria will not remain on your teeth long enough to do any serious damage. You should brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, and brush twice as long if you drink something high in acid or sugar.
Seal your Teeth
Some people hear sealant and think of pediatric dentistry. Although children commonly get sealants, adults do just as much. Sealants are to protect your teeth from decay or further decay after a minor cavity is filled. The clear coating is placed on every tooth and acts as an extra protective layer, making it harder for bacteria to reach the teeth. Protecting your enamel from erosion is a great way to ensure you will not have any lasting teeth damage after indulging in holiday treats for a month (or two).
Use Toothpaste with Fluoride
Cavities are caused by the demineralization and break down of enamel due to acids and plaque that sit on the enamel for long periods of time. Fluoride has a component that fights back against demineralization by recreating minerals to build a stronger enamel that does not break down so easily. Consistently using toothpaste with fluoride will strengthen your teeth and to avoid quick tooth decay and remineralize the teeth before any major cavities form.
The holiday season has plenty of sugary temptations that can very easily cause tooth decay. Using preventative measures consistently throughout the holidays will combat this otherwise inevitable deterioration, leaving your teeth white and strong throughout the festivities. If you need sealant replacements or suggestions for toothpaste and an oral health routine, contact Greenspoint Dental in Houston, Texas to set up an appointment.