Safeguard Your Oral Health This Christmas: Tip No2. – Don't Forget To Drink Water!
Posted on 3/6/2023 by Dr. Boustany
It's no doubt that the festive season is a hard season for oral health. As much as you would want to avoid sweets and sugars, you will at some point have them. Amidst all the challenges of ensuring a healthy smile during Christmas and New Year events, taking small oral health tips seriously can go a long way in keeping you protected from health adversities like cavities and gum disease.
Drink Water More Frequently
This is no surprise because water is considered the healthiest drink. Many people may know the benefits of water to their overall health, but they might not know how it contributes to good oral health.
Hydration is crucial in preventing the buildup of oral plaque. It sweeps away food leftovers as well as bacteria. As such, water helps combat and prevent plaque accumulation. Plaque is the biofilm responsible for housing harmful oral bacteria.
Water is the primary component of saliva. It has many particles and proteins that neutralize acids in the mouth, which are the culprit to decay. Besides, saliva washes away sugars and bacteria, which contribute to gum disease or periodontitis.
Tendency to Consume Less Water
Since families are consuming more fizzy drinks or even alcohol during the festive time, they tend to let go of the consumption of water. As a result, it leaves their mouth susceptible to dryness. A dry mouth creates an ideal situation for the formation of bacterial plaque. Therefore, it is always crucial for families to drink a lot of water. It will help keep their mouths fresh and healthy even as they consume sugars and carbs in moderation.
Contact us today to get more tips on how you can enhance your oral health during Christmas or New Year and other festive seasons. And if you have any gum or teeth problems, let our dentist take care of them.