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Halloween candy is just the beginning of delicious holiday season treats. While sugary snacks and jovial celebrations might get us in the holiday spirit, they can cause damage to our teeth. 

Here are three dental hazards from the Academy of General Dentistry to keep in mind during the holiday season:

Wine
Whether red or white, the high acidity levels in wine can eat away at a tooth’s enamel. Tooth enamel is critical in the protection against decay and cavities. To avoid damage, refrain from swishing the wine around in your mouth, and drink water in between beverages to rinse the teeth of the acid. Cheers! 

Sugary Treats
Bacteria in the mouth thrive on the sugars found in candy canes, chocolate, and gingerbread cookies, increasing the likelihood of developing cavities. If you are not able to brush and floss after munching on sweet treats, 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. “Finding ways to alleviate your anxiety can help, but it's also important to see your dentist, who can recommend solutions like a custom night guard," advises Dr. Shepley. “Wearing one at night will prevent you from taking out the holiday stress on your teeth while you sleep.”

Don’t let tooth damage ruin your holiday cheer; remember these dental tips while out celebrating the holiday season.

Happy holidays from our Manus family!

 

SOURCE: Academy of General Dentistry, news release, Dec. 6, 2011
http://www.agd.org/about/newsmedia/pressreleases/Default.asp?PubID=45&IssID=1436&ArtID=10264#body
 


 

 

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