Are you excited for the upcoming holidays? The festivities bring cooler weather, joy, family time, and best of all, amazing holiday treats. With this uptick in sugar consumption, dentist’s stay busy taking care of emergencies that occur from tooth decay caused by some of the season’s temptations. Keep reading to find out how you can indulge in some of your favorite sweets for the holidays, while avoiding dental disaster from your emergency dentist in McLean.
A lot of dental emergencies are caused by cavities or decay that worsen until they become painful. Decay can be accelerated by sugar, which turns into acid that eats away at your tooth’s protective enamel. Once this enamel is breached, the sensitive inside of your tooth is exposed, which can turn into a painful emergency. If this decay isn’t treated, you may need a tooth extraction in McLean. See some tips below to minimize your chances of an emergency this holiday season.
During the holiday season, there’s all kinds of libations that can affect your oral health. Alcohol dries your mouth out, while eggnog contains sugars and fats. These drinks are okay to indulge in, but it’s important that you drink water constantly.
Water naturally flushes away plaque and debris, and most water contains fluoride—a natural cavity fighter. Balancing out some of the more sugary and alcoholic beverages with routine water drinking is a great step towards keeping your teeth safe for the holidays.
Be Picky About Sweets
Did you know certain sweets and treats are better than others? Try to avoid hard candies that stay in your mouth for a long time, or sticky sweets that can get caught in between your teeth. Both sticky and hard sweets stay in your mouth for longer periods of time, which heightens your risk for decay. They key is to eat sweets that dissolve in your mouth or wash away quickly. So, if you love sucking on hard candy, try something like chocolate instead!
Don’t Slack on Your Routine
During the holidays, it can be easy to forget about daily routines you have, but your oral health regiment is important in fighting cavities and decay. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each session to clean off plaque and bacteria. Additionally, floss to remove debris and plaque that your toothbrush can’t reach in between your teeth. For a finishing touch and fresh breath, add mouthwash to your routine to clean parts of your mouth that brushing and flossing can’t.
After the season has wrapped up, request an appointment with your local dentist so they can make sure your oral health is in tip-top shape. Use the above tips to avoid a dental disaster during the holidays, while still indulging in the season’s festivities.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Fred F. Farahi is a Northern Virginia Native who loves providing quality care to patients in his community. He regularly attends continuing education courses to stay up-to-date on the latest dentistry techniques. He currently practices at Smile McLean, and he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (703) 821-1633 for any questions.