Two things happen in winter that tend to cause problems with your teeth. First, the weather gets cold—which makes your immune system far more susceptible to infections. Second, holiday dinners and parties start happening. And at these holiday dinners and parties, we tend to eat a lot of unhealthy, often sugary foods.
Fortunately, as a dentist in Evanston, we know how to help you keep your teeth healthy this winter.
Protect Your Teeth from Sugar
We won’t tell you to avoid sugar altogether, but if you do indulge, there are some preventive measures you can take. Because sugar causes your mouth to become more acidic, your teeth are vulnerable for the 30 minutes following sugar consumption. What that means is you actually want to avoid brushing your teeth for 30 minutes after eating something with a lot of sugar.
Otherwise, you may wear away some of your tooth enamel, which is not a good thing. Wearing away tooth enamel is a surefire way to land yourself in a dentist in Evanston’s office with tooth problems.
Strategically Eat Your Sugary Treats
Believe it or not, there’s a right way and a wrong way to consume sugar. To avoid exposing your teeth to sugar for an extended period of time, it’s best to eat sugary snacks all at once rather than throughout the day. In other words, if you’re going to eat things with high sugar content, do it at mealtime and avoid it otherwise.
Stay on Top of Regular Dental Visits
As a dentist in Evanston, we know just how busy the winter season can get. That said, there’s no better time than the winter months to get into your dentist’s office for a cleaning and checkup. And that’s true whether you plan to eat lots of sugary treats or not. So give Stephens Dentistry a ring and schedule your next visit.