November 2019 Dental Flossophy

Do Breath Mints Work?

 

While we hope it doesn’t happen often, we know that from time to time you may forget to brush your teeth. But if that happens, will a breath mint have your back? Yes—but.

While mints do freshen your breath, they don’t clean your teeth. Instead, the sugar in many mints actually feeds the oral bacteria responsible for bad breath!

Before you purchase your next pack of breath mints or pop one into your mouth after dinner, take a look at the ingredients. Make sure you’re selecting a mint that’s low in sugar. Breath strips, a thin sheet placed on the tongue, are also an option as they tend to dissolve quicker than traditional mints.

After your mint has dissolved, drink a glass of water to wash away any excess debris left behind. Even better, consider packing an extra toothbrush and toothpaste in your purse or briefcase for future needs.

 

Visiting Somewhere Chilly?

 

Do you have a trip planned to somewhere cold? Make sure you stay warm—and take care of your teeth. Here’s how you can protect your teeth during frigid weather.

Stay hydrated. Your water intake is just as important in cold weather as it is during warm weather. This keeps your gums moist and allows you to produce the correct amount of saliva.

Limit your time outdoors. Like most other materials, our teeth expand and contract in warm and cold temperatures. A sudden, extreme change in temperature can cause small fractures in teeth.

Reduce acidic foods. If you have sensitive teeth in normal weather, you’ll want to be especially choosy when it comes to the foods you eat in cold climes. Choose foods that are low in acid. Why? Cold weather can agitate sensitive teeth, and when you eat acidic foods it can make your teeth even more uncomfortable.

 

Keep Your Teeth Healthy During the Holidays

 

The holidays will be here before we know it. While it’s a time of joy, family, food (and photos), it’s also important to consider your oral health. Follow these simple tips to keep your teeth healthy this holiday season.

1. Avoid hard candy: This sugary substance doesn’t just lead to plaque buildup; it can chip your pearly whites.

2. Use proper materials to open packages: Some people have a habit of opening packages with their teeth! This holiday season, use scissors or a letter opener to open your gift deliveries.

3. No more nail-biting: With holidays come stress, which can lead many to bite their nails. If this is a common habit for you, try to distract yourself for a moment until the urge passes.

4. See us: Has it been a while since your last clean? Give us a call today to look and feel your best for the holiday season.

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