Holiday season is upon us and with it comes all of the delicious food! Unfortunately, that food comes at a price, and I’m not just referring to the daunting “holiday weight”. Other problems occur in the first place you get to experience the joys of that irresistible food, your MOUTH of course!
I wanted to put together a small blog article for my patients about what I see in my practice around the holiday season and how you can avoid getting yourself into trouble. Oh we all have our favorites, those treats that we wait for all year long. I’m definitely not claiming to be perfect myself, but there are some key things I want you to keep in mind this holiday season.
With the abundance of sweets being consumed this time of year it’s no wonder we see a lot of people for toothaches caused by those sugar loving cavity bugs. If you absolutely cannot avoid all of the sugar infused drinks and treats, here are a few pointers from a dentist on the best way to consume them.
Note: The longer you expose your teeth to food or drink containing sugar, the longer the bacteria has to do damage. The bacteria causing the damage to your teeth stays active up to 30 minutes after the food or drink has left your mouth. Let’s imagine a child sucking on a candy cane for a few hours on and off throughout the day. That really puts into perspective the amount of time that bacteria has to wreak havoc on your child’s teeth!
What can you do to help you and your family out? Rinse with water, chew sugar-free gum and most important, BRUSH your teeth! It’s not always practical to brush and floss while at a party or on the go but make sure you’re taking the time to do so at least twice a day.
Another unfortunate problem I see a lot of this time of year is cracked teeth. ‘Tiz the season for nuts, peanut brittle, caramels, hard candy, popcorn balls… the list goes on and on. If you know you have larger fillings in your mouth, you are already well aware that this is a danger zone. But the trouble with this one is that it can be hard to predict a tooth breaking. I always try to make my patients aware of cracks in their teeth when I perform an exam but the reality of it is a perfectly healthy tooth can crack. The next time that you are having a stare-down with peanut brittle, you may just have to be the bigger person and walk away.
These are just a few tidbits of knowledge to think about during this holiday season. Hopefully it saves you an emergency visit to the dental office over the holidays. And of course, if you find yourself in trouble just give us a call at Moos Family Dental.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our patients!
– Dr. Moos