The holidays have arrived with their usual festive fanfare of tasty treats, gifts galore, and parties to grace with your presence. Perhaps no evening is as widely celebrated, though, as New Year’s Eve. It’s the perfect opportunity to release the stress of the season and embrace hope for the coming months. Whether you plan to clink glasses with friends at a party or watch the ball drop from your living room television, it can be fun to enjoy a few drinks and let loose.
That said, it’s important to care for your teeth to prevent dental problems like cavities or gum disease. Continue reading to learn 3 ways to enjoy alcoholic beverages without hurting your smile!
Tip #1: Maintain Consistent Dental Hygiene
Alcohol contains plenty of sugar and is also acidic. That means it attracts unwanted germs that contribute to tooth decay while simultaneously wearing down your enamel. That’s a dangerous combination for your teeth! Without protection against toxic bacteria, you’re more likely to develop a cavity which would certainly put a damper on your celebrations.
The simplest way to preserve your pearly whites this winter is to keep up a regular oral care regimen. You should be brushing and flossing twice every day to remove plaque buildup and toxic bacteria. This keeps your mouth healthy so you’re less likely to develop dental issues regardless of what you’re consuming.
Tip #2: Sip Water Between Drinks
Another simple way to prevent corrosive damage from alcohol is to fill your glass up with water after you’ve emptied it. Alcohol is a diuretic and can dry out your mouth, allowing dangerous microbes to flourish. Chasing your booze with water rinses your mouth clear and rehydrates your system. Furthermore, the neutral pH balance of water counterbalances alcohol’s higher acidity, preserving the protective outer layer of your teeth.
Tip #3: Brush Your Teeth Beforehand
If you notice the red wine you imbibed left your grin looking ruddy, it’s natural to want to thoroughly brush it off so it doesn’t stain. Unfortunately, because the acid in wine weakens your enamel, the bristles of your toothbrush can gouge the surface if you try. It’s safer to brush and floss your teeth 30 minutes before your first drink so that there’s no buildup for harmful ingredients to cling to.
By following these tips to preserve your smile, you’ll be setting yourself up for dental success in the coming year!
About the Author
Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury has 44+ years of experience providing a full range of dental services to meet all your oral healthcare needs. He completed his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M and then pursued his Doctor of Dental Surgery at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. Whether you require a simple checkup or are worried about cavities, he’s an expert who can help! You’re welcome to request an appointment on the website or by calling (903) 561-1122.