Holiday Season

 A Christmas message from Lakeridge Dental Centre 

Christmas is just around the corner.  It’s the time of year when we allow ourselves overindulgence in many areas, one area we should try to not overindulge in is sugary foods /drinks such as chocolate, candies desserts and alcohol (mainly sugar). 

Unfortunately, many of our favourite Christmas treats can harm our oral health. Chocolate, candy and most desserts all have very high sugar content which will accelerate the acidity of your mouth. Also, foods like dried fruits can cause chips or cracks, and their sticky texture promotes acid-causing bacteria to surround your teeth, creating a high volume of plaque.

Tip: A cheese tray laid out for after Christmas dinner is a great idea because cheese helps to neutralize plaque acid and returns your mouth to its natural acid balance therefore helping to prevent tooth decay.

Stay with your normal oral hygiene routine:

•Brush at least twice per day 

•Floss at least once per day 

•Rinse at least once per day 

Tip:  If you are consuming a lot of sugary snacks an extra brushing is a great idea to help keep the buildup of plaque from settling. 

Don’t forget the little ones. Christmas is such a great time for children.  They’re busy with their new toys and all the goodies they can eat. This is the time when you have to be extra diligent with your oral health care routine.  Make sure they are brushing properly during this time.  If you brush with them this is a great way to teach them not only how important good oral hygiene is but how to brush and floss properly. 

Watch your sugar intake:

•Try to not consume too much sugar in your Christmas meals and snacks

•Be mindful of hidden sugars in foods 

•Practice moderation 

•A fruit or vegetable tray is a much healthier snack 

•Consume alcohol in moderation as most alcoholic drinks contain sugar 

Drink plenty of water:

•Water helps to not only fill you up but also helps to cleanse your mouth of bacteria and acids that can cause cavities. 

•A good tip if you are drinking alcohol is to make every other drink water.   Water dilutes acid to help protect the tooth enamel.  Water washes away residue that causes stains on teeth.  Water also reduces the bacteria that can cause bad breath. Also, if you drink from a straw that is much better for your teeth.

Do not use your teeth to rip, tear or open bottles or packages. This may seem obvious, however, many people don’t give it a second thought.  Using your teeth in these ways can result in broken or chipped teeth. 

The most important tip is to have regular dental checkups and regular cleanings.  Also, if treatment is recommended make sure you follow through. Dental treatment is recommended by your dental professional because it is needed.  This will ensure that your oral health is at its best.  It is also cost-effective. If your oral health is at its best you are less likely to have a dental emergency.  Dental emergencies can be expensive and stressful. They definitely can put a damper on your holiday plans. 

The dental professionals at Lakeridge Dental Centre wish you and your loved ones a safe a happy holiday season!