The Holidays Are Back: Beware of Cavities!

It’s already December and 2021 is coming to an end. That’s right, the holiday season is already upon us! It’s a time to get together with family and friends, and especially to share good food. Between brunches, dinners and various snacks, your dentist in Boucherville reminds you that it is better to remain vigilant: cavities never take time off!

The Centre Dentaire & D’implantologie Boucherville advises you on the precautions to take during this period when your mouth is in high demand. Your South Shore dentist focuses on prevention and helps you develop healthy oral hygiene habits.

Festivities Without Cavities!

During Christmas time, popular foods and beverages are usually also harmful to your teeth: sugary snacks and desserts, chocolate, wine, spices and many others can cause some damage. But that doesn’t mean you should ban them: eating sweets is okay, but take extra care.

Sweet foods and drinks are particularly known to cause tooth decay. The sugar coating on the teeth mixes with bacteria and forms an acid which, by attacking the enamel, causes tooth decay.

Without necessarily depriving yourself of them, it is nevertheless better to eat them at mealtimes, after which you brush your teeth. Therefore, choose sugar-free snacks or clean your teeth after your snack. This will prevent the sugar layer from remaining on your teeth for too long and promote the development of cavities.

Of course, if you are not at home, brushing your teeth after eating is sometimes not possible: we recommend rinsing your mouth or eating raw fruits and vegetables!

Indeed, raw food has a cleaning effect on teeth and helps dislodge the food film (plaque) that forms after eating. Similarly, the film formed by cheese consumed at the end of a meal also helps eliminate bacteria.

Besides sugar, what about other foods considered harmful to teeth? Wine, coffee, soft drinks, spices, and foods with strong pigmentation such as beet leave stains on the teeth when consumed regularly. It is therefore better to moderate them to preserve the healthy appearance of your teeth.

Eating habits do have an impact on your oral health and the appearance of your teeth. Similarly, if you smoke, you probably already know the impact it has on your mouth, so quitting may be your next new-year resolution.

While the holidays are a relaxing and often less disciplined time, it’s important to maintain healthy dental hygiene habits. This is especially true if you tend to eat a lot of sweets!

Brush your teeth at least twice a day and don’t neglect flossing to remove particles from between your teeth: if you haven’t made a habit of it yet, now is a good time to start!

In fact, before this festive season, why not visit your South Shore dentist? Get a healthy, bright smile with a cleaning, an implant placement, or any other cosmetic dentistry correction.

As the holiday season approaches, think about your oral health and avoid cavities by adopting healthy habits!

All Your Dental Care Under One Roof

The Mortagne Dental Clinic in Boucherville combines general and cosmetic dentistry and implantology in one centre. In addition to making precise diagnosis and treating your dental conditions, we focus on preventive care and education to help you keep your teeth healthy. Meet caring professionals who will put a smile back on your face!

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