The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to indulge in special foods and treats; it is also important to take care of your oral health. The teeth and gums have to put up with a lot over the holidays, so let’s look at the biggest challenges and what you can do to live it up a little and still avoid the worst.
Daily oral hygiene is essential, even if your teeth and gums appear clean. Plaque is always forming on the teeth as you salivate, eat, or drink. The bacteria in plaque produce acids that are detrimental to oral health. Your teeth and gums are at risk if daily brushing and flossing are not part of your hygiene regimen.
You already know that smoking is bad for your health. Smoking is the top cause of lung cancer. It also has an adverse effect on your oral health. That beautiful smile you hope for may be compromised if you are a smoker. And if you believe that vaping is a safe alternative, you may be in for a surprise.
Dental caries, or cavities, begin with a tiny hole in the tooth enamel. As time progresses, the hole becomes larger and more tooth structure becomes decayed. In the worst-case scenario, the decay progresses and attacks the nerve center of the tooth. But what causes cavities to form in the first place?