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Oral Health Tips for the Holidays

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Oral health tips for the holidays

The holidays are here, along with the festive food and beverages that fill us with cheer. While this celebratory season is good for the soul, all of the feasting and imbibing can be bad for the teeth. The following oral health tips from your Baton Rouge dentist will help you enjoy the weeks to come while keeping your smile safe through the New Year.

Tasty drinks like wine, cider, and cocktails tend to have high acidity, which eats away at tooth enamel. To protect your teeth between libations:
1. Avoid swishing fluid around in your mouth. Drink through a straw when appropriate.
2. Drink water between beverages.
3. Use an oral rinse regularly. A water rinse is better than no rinse at all.

Delectable desserts and other sugary sweets allow cavity-causing bacteria to flourish. When you can’t brush or floss between nibbles:
1. Drink water after each snack (use as a rinse when possible).
2. Chew sugarless gum to remove food particles and increase the flow of saliva, which washes away harmful bacteria.

Holiday stress can wreak havoc on your oral health. Overindulging in tooth-damaging comfort foods, as well as clenching and grinding teeth while asleep, are both sure signs of anxiety. To avoid stress-related damage to your smile:
1. Find time for stress-relieving activities like yoga and regular exercise.
2. Talk to your provider about wearing a custom-made night guard.

Call Biggio Dental Care at 225-767-4491 to set up your end-of-year cleaning and find out more about how to maintain a healthy smile throughout this holiday season.