Many of the high-carb and sugar-laden foods that are common during the holidays can be a great treat, but it can also be easy to forget to take good care of your oral health in the midst of all your holiday activities. Brushing and flossing after eating is one of the most important things you can do to preserve your oral health, and it’s especially true during a time that’s known for lengthy celebrations and overindulgence. Here are some tips to keep in mind this holiday season.
Why Holiday Brushing And Flossing Is Essential
There’s no underestimating the benefits of practicing good daily oral hygiene, but during the holiday season brushing and flossing become all the more essential. That’s because people tend to spend the winter months munching on cookies, cakes, pies, and candy. This is also a time for indulging in sugary drinks like apple cider, carbonated beverages, and alcohol. All of these things are full of sugars that harmful mouth bacteria thrive on. Moreover, these invading organisms never take a holiday break. They use this fuel to multiply and attack the vulnerable gum tissues and teeth. Brushing and flossing after having sugary foods is the best way to reduce their cavity-causing power. With a clean mouth, you minimize germs that not only undermine the health of your teeth and gums, but that also lead to bad breath and decay.
What To Do When You Can’t Brush Or Floss
It’s always a good idea to carry travel-sized floss, toothpaste, and a portable toothbrush with you, especially if you know that you’ll be spending your time out and about or even staying the night with friends or relatives. However, if you ever find yourself in a situation or environment where brushing and flossing after eating is not an option, you can still clean your mouth by simply rinsing it out. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will flush particulates out while also keeping your mouth hydrated and fresh-smelling.
Simple Carbohydrates Quickly Turn Into Sugars
Even when you aren’t indulging your sweet tooth, you can still be munching on foods that quickly break down into sugars that cause mouth bacteria to thrive. Remember, digestive processes start in the mouth. Simple carbohydrates like bread, pretzels, popcorn, and crackers will be converted into sugar by your saliva even as you chew them. Taking the time to brush and floss your teeth after eating simple carbohydrates or sugar of any type is a quick and easy way to preserve your oral health.
Floss For Good Gum Health And Sweet Relief
Holiday snacks and meals seem to be loaded with ingredients that are prone to getting stuck in between the teeth. That’s why brushing alone is never enough. Foods that are left trapped in these areas can lead to mouth odors; swollen, irritated gums; and a host of other problems. They can also be annoying. Use floss or a toothpick to scoop debris out of these areas, and then brush and rinse thoroughly. Moreover, don’t let your midday cleanings derail your regular oral hygiene schedule. Brushing and flossing before bed will ensure that cavity-causing germs aren’t rapidly multiplying while you sleep.
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