There are people who associate the holiday season with gifts. Others, (for example, myself) relate the most great season with probably the most flavorful sustenances to ever favor their sense of taste. Indeed, quality time with family is dazzling and all, yet the second I detect a plate of treats molded like snowmen or a bunch of smaller than expected marshmallows skimming in a warm cup of hot chocolate, sweet is all I’m contemplating — to my dental practitioner’s frighten, I’m certain. Do you realize how to deal with your teeth amid the occasions? Since regular merriments are constantly stacked with extravagant mixed drinks and sugary treats, and keeping in mind that you ought to completely enjoy to your heart’s substance, you don’t actually need your dental specialist giving you an exhaustive round of questioning come January.(invisalign 10036 midtown nyc)
In terms of dental hygiene, 2018 was the year of disappointing revelations for the millennial generation. Just in case you need a refresh, back in February, the oral care start-up company, Hello Products, found that a cringeworthy 30 percent of 2,000 survey participants only brush their teeth once a day. Listen, guys: If you aren’t brushing your teeth twice a day, every day, when you aren’t consuming all the candy canes, gingerbread men, hot chocolate, and pumpkin pie the holiday season has to offer, I can’t even imagine the state of your dental health come New Year’s Eve.
For the record, I am in no way trying to shame you or guilt you for indulging in all the seasonal sweets because, trust me, I’m right there with you. All I’m trying to say is, if you know going into the holidays that you’re going to be snacking on things that easily stick to your teeth and the roof of your mouth (hello, peppermint bark), and sipping on acidic drinks like wine that can weaken your tooth enamel (aka the hard outer layer of your pearly whites), then it really isn’t a bad idea to put some extra effort into your dental health. Think of it this way: You’d probably make adjustments by adding serums and balms to your beauty routine in order to keep your skin feeling healthy throughout the dry winter conditions, right? So why not tackle your oral routine in the same way?
Now, I’m sure you think you don’t need someone to tell you how to brush your teeth, but a 2014 survey from Delta Dental, which found that the average American doesn’t spend enough time maintaining their dental health, seems to argue otherwise, so in case you need a refresher.(invisalign 10036 midtown nyc)
Holiday circumstances aside, Wilson tells us that the ideal, everyday dental health routine should include a thorough floss, brushing with a toothpaste strong enough to clean below the gumline, and rinsing with a mouthwash. However, when you do factor holiday foods and drinks into the equation, Wilson says she likes to remind patients that “what they eat is just as important for their gumline” as their actual oral routine.
Keep in mind, however, that “everything in moderation” is still the golden rule. You should never feel like you can’t indulge over the holiday season (unless, of course, you’re dealing with a relevant medical issue), but from a dental hygiene standpoint, there are certain sweets to watch out for, if for no other reason than the sake of your teeth. For example, Los Angeles-based celebrity dentist, Dr. Marashi, tells us over email that the high sugar content in some of your fave grazing options — like popcorn, milk chocolate, dried fruit, etc. — could potentially lead to tooth decay and cavities. Candy canes and other hard candies can also be a bit harsh on your teeth, Marashi explains, as “they are full of sugar and their hard exterior can lead to cracked and chipped teeth.”
As for your favorite festive beverages, Marashi says, use your best judgment. For example, you want to be careful of holiday drinks that contain hard liquors like whiskey and bourbon, he explains, as sipping on these “can dry out your mouth” and “create a breeding ground for bacteria.” Decadent eggnogs are also ones to watch, as they can be packed with sugar, alcohol, and dairy — a risky combination that, if not consumed in moderation, could lead to bacteria growth, cavities, and tooth decay, says the dentist. “What is important to understand is that consuming one beverage is not going to ruin your mouth,” Marashi tells Elite Daily. “It is always about excessive consumption and lack of good oral hygiene.”
OK, so now that Marashi’s broken down what goodies to be mindful of amidst all of your celebratory feasts, let’s talk about a few extra steps you can tack onto brushing, flossing, and rinsing to ensure your dental health is in tip-top shape for the 2018 holiday season, shall we? First of all, if you even own a bottle of mouthwash, brava, because for the longest time, I just assumed that was a dad thing, because my dad was the only person I knew to actually use it on a daily basis. That being said, if you don’t own a powerful rinse aside from your tap, recommends investing in a fluoride wash, especially around the holidays, as she says it’s excellent for taking care of any lingering, sugary carb particles.(invisalign 10036 midtown nyc)
If you really want to commit to breezing through the holidays with the pearliest, healthiest whites, dentists suggest treating your teeth to a Sonicare Diamond Deep Clean Toothbrush (or any other travel-friendly electric toothbrush), tossing travel-size toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash in your bag, and tending to your dental health whenever necessary. “Start by flossing your teeth, brushing twice a day with a whitening toothpaste, and using a whitening mouthwash,” tells.
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