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Holiday tend to comprise of packed schedules, increased stress levels, sugary treats and alcoholic beverages. Give yourself the gift of a healthy smile with these simple oral hygiene tips!

Wine

Wine’s high acidity levels can eat away at a tooth’s enamel. Tooth enamel is critical in the protection against decay and cavities.

Oral Hygiene Tips for Wine Drinkers

Refrain from swishing the wine around in your mouth
Drink water in between beverages to rinse the teeth of the acid.

Sugary Treats

Bacteria in the mouth thrive on the sugars found in candy canes, pies, chocolate, and gingerbread cookies. Consuming these sugary delights increases the likelihood of developing cavities.

Oral Hygiene Tips for Sugary Treats

If you can’t brush and floss, drink water or chew a piece of sugarless gum. This will boost saliva flow in the mouth and help wash away bacteria.

Stress

Holiday anxiety can cause people to grind or clench their teeth, causing jaw pain, headaches, and chipping.

Tips for Stress

Meditation – people who meditate regularly experienced a thickening of brain regions that positively affected memory, learning, the ability to be empathetic, and emotional balance.
See your dentist – they can recommend solutions like a custom night guard. Wearing one at night will prevent you from taking out the holiday stress on your teeth while you’re snoozing.