Because the holiday season is a busy time of year, it is easy to let typical routines fall by the wayside. Our focus is on shopping and festive events with family and friends. But it is important to keep your smile healthy while celebrating the tastiest season of the year. Here are some simple things for you to keep in mind while attending these special events. After all, it’s photo op central this time of year – don’t you want to have a smashing smile?
Cheese. Some researchers believe that casein, a protein found in cheese, may have a protective property that promotes healthy teeth and could help with cavity prevention.
Chewing gum. Chewing sugar-free gum has long been recommended to avoid cavities. And sugar-free gum made with xylitol, a natural sugar substitute, seems to be even more of a winner.
Wine. It may cause stains on your teeth, but one study suggests that many of the individual chemical components in both red and white wine can actively fight the bacteria that lead to tooth decay and cavities.
Raisins. Scientists have found that some of the chemicals present in raisins, including polyphenols and flavonoids, may actively fight oral bacteria that lead to cavities.
Using a straw. A study at Temple University in Philadelphia discovered that you minimize damage to healthy teeth by sipping that soda through a straw.
Dental sealants. To prevent tooth decay, many dentists recommend dental sealants, a protective coating that’s applied to the surface of the back teeth.
Good oral and dental hygiene can help you avoid cavities and tooth decay, but these six cavity fighters will also make sure your mouth is as clean and healthy as possible in between dental checkups.
For further information regarding holiday dental care, call Dr. Leo J. Kituskie, DMD for an appointment today at (302) 994-4900. Visit our website to learn more at implantperiocare.com.
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