The holidays are a great time for family fun and food, but the seasonal food and drinks can often thwart your dental care. Be merry and bright this season and keep in mind good dental health practices.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me: loads of sugary treats!

Sweet treats disrupt the beneficial bacteria that exists in your mouth causing the bacteria to consume the sugar and create an acidic by product on your teeth. The acid in turn, can erode the enamel causing cavities.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me: two very acidic drinks!

What’s not to love about the champagne and beer that flows freely during the holidays? These drinks — just like sugar — can cause dental erosion. To limit the damage of increased booze and sugary drinks, swish water around to stimulate saliva production that helps rinse acids from your mouth.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me: three kinds of brittle

Sweets come in so many forms during the holidays, and not only can they erode enamel, hard candy can crack or break teeth! Be weary of biting candy canes and hard, sticky brittle that cause broken teeth and fillings.  

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: four spreadable jellies

Jellies, trifles, and caramels all like to stick around the tiny crevices of your teeth which promotes plaque buildup and enamel erosion. When you consume sticky food around the holidays, carry around floss and always rinse your mouth.

Christmas Brittles

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: five golden things

Different foods are abundant during this season, so naturally you use your teeth for opening things. Using your teeth to open bottles or wrapped gifts, is a great way to damage your teeth and end up needing emergency dental care during the holidays. Instead, keep “five golden things” like scissors and bottle openers around to prevent injury.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: six teeth a grindin’

Are the holidays more stressful than they are relaxing? The stress can take its toll on your oral health if you’re prone to grinding your teeth. Teeth grinding can cause your teeth to flatten and wear away, in addition to chipped or cracked fillings. So, if you’ve notice pain in your jaw you may need to schedule a dental appointment.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me: seven germs a swimmin’

If you love smooching under the mistletoe, you may want to reconsider. Our mouths harbor millions of bacteria, and kissing is a way to transfer these germs from one person to another. Research has concluded it is feasible to catch dental diseases!

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Burley Cosmetic Dentistry

Whether you need a routine dental cleaning or holiday teeth whitening for holiday pictures, schedule an appointment with Burley Cosmetic Dentistry today!