The holidays are upon us! And we all consume more food and drinks at this time of year. Here are a few feasting facts you can use for holiday mealtimes, to help keep your oral and overall health in check while you celebrate:
- Sweets contain sugar, which can cause tooth decay, gingivitis, and bad breath if left on the teeth, tongue, or gums. Alcohol can cause bad breath and dry mouth. If used in excess, it too can cause decreased immune responses. This can directly affect the gums and teeth and the rest of your body, as well.
- Spicy foods can cause bad breath. However, some spicy foods contain important nutrients and vitamins. Just remember to brush well after eating spicy dishes.
- Holiday vegetarian dishes can be healthier choices, and can provide a boost to your immune system. This can also be a plus for the health of your gums.
- Holidays can be stressful. We know that stress plays a considerable role in the risk of gum disease. Overeating and excessive drinking is also common at this time of year. Combining all of the above can adversely affect the gums and teeth.
Also keep in mind that keeping up with your oral hygiene routine is important particularly during this time of year when we all eat and drink too much. Daily brushing and flossing can keep your gums, teeth, and oral tissues healthy. It is also advisable to brush your tongue twice a day to keep the bacteria to a minimum and keeping your breath healthy.
Be mindful of everything you are eating and drinking during the holidays and how it may affect your teeth, gums, breath, and your health overall.
What are your favorite holiday drinks and foods?