Do Mints Really Freshen Your Breath?

While we hope it doesn’t happen often, we know that our patients may forget to brush their teeth once in a while. But if that happens, will a breath mint have your back? Yes—but not in the long term.

While mints do freshen your breath, they don’t clean your teeth. Instead, the sugar in mints actually encourages oral bacteria to grow!

Before you purchase your next pack of breath mints or pop one into your mouth after dinner, take a look at the ingredients to make sure you’re selecting a brand 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 or strip has dissolved, drink a glass of water to remove any excess debris left behind. Consider packing an extra toothbrush in your purse or briefcase for future needs.

 

4 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Healthy this Holiday Season

The holidays are going to be here before we know it. While it’s a time of joy, family and food, 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. Visit our practice: Has it been a while since your last clean? Give us a call today to get an appointment before the holiday season.

 

Vacationing Somewhere Chilly?

If you’ve got a trip planned to somewhere cold, 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 choose foods that are low in acidity in cold areas. Why? Cold weather can agitate sensitive teeth, and when you add acidic food to the mix, it can make your teeth more uncomfortable.