The holidays are known for enjoying meals with friends and family. Good dental hygiene is important all the time but it’s especially important around the holidays.
There are bacteria called streptococcus mutans and lactobacillus, which exist in the oral cavity. These bacteria create an acid waste such as lactic acid when we consume food and drinks that contain sugar such as breads, fruits, sweet potatoes, milk, soda, and all types of desserts; the list can get pretty long…
This acid eats away at the tooth enamel and causes cavities. You can help reduce the damage these acids create by rinsing with water after a starch based or sugary meal, but nothing takes the place of brushing and flossing to help keep your teeth clean and strong.
Along with all the great food come holiday gifts. Kids all over the world will receive all sorts of fun things to play with over the holiday season. Kids get excited and want to play with their new toys right away. Gifts like sports equipment and games that include action or balance can result in physical injury including dental trauma. Make sure to supervise your child and explain safety to them so everyone has a happy and safe holiday season.
Dr. Rob Mansman
Pediatric Dental Center of Frederick