Holiday Foods and Oral Health

Categories: Dental, Oral Hygiene

photo_dental_-_holiday_foodsMaintain Good Oral Health during the Holidays

It’s that time of year again. Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feasts and December family gatherings, all filled with good cheer, party beverages and lots of foods that can wreak havoc on your oral health!

Feasting Facts for Holiday Foods

Foods high in sugar content can cause tooth decay, gingivitis and bad breath if left on the teeth, tongue or gums for a lengthty period of time.

Alcohol can cause dry mouth and bad breath, but in excess, can decrease the immune system, directly affecting the health of your gums as well as your overall health.

Spicy foods can have some nutritional benefits, but you should remember to brush after eating spiced foods as they can cause bad breath.

Be Mindful of your Oral Health during the Holidays

The vast majority of people over indulge during the holidays. It’s simply part of the holiday tradition.

Be mindful of what you are eating and try to moderate the consumption of sugary foods and alcoholic beverages.

If you enjoy indulging in most holiday foods, remember to be even more diligent in your daily oral hygiene routine flossing at least twice daily, brushing two to three times daily and using a good mouthwash to clear away all traces of bacteria.

Most importantly, schedule an appointment with Ocean County dentist, Dr. Ron Rotem to keep check on the condition of your teeth before the holidays.

Knowing your present oral health condition can help you make wise food choices during the upcoming holidays, helping you maintain good oral health.