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Spring Break: Don't take a spring break from your oral health routine

March 20, 2014
Spring Break is the best time to do just that—take a break! It’s the perfect time to relax. However, it doesn't mean you shouldn't take a break from your oral health routine. Why Take Care of Your Teeth on Spring Break? Studies have revealed that plaque, which is at the root of dental diseases, starts forming immediately after we eat. Within an hour, there is enough to measure it. Within 4-9 days, the plaque becomes fully mature, and the groundwork for a cavity is ready. So save your teeth and smile this Spring Break. Things To Remember:
  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day.
  • Drink plenty of water—especially after a meal. Drinking water after meals helps reduce plaque formation.
  • Cut back on sugar and starch. Sugar plus bacteria equals plaque. Consuming starchy food results in an acid bath that erodes enamel.
  • Consume foods that are firm or crisp. They are nature’s toothbrushes. For best results, eat them as the final food.
  • Chew sugarless gum after a meal, especially gum that contains the natural sweetener xylitol. This increases the flow of saliva, which in turn washes away harmful acids. Don’t snack often or sip sugary drinks all day long, especially soda and sport drinks. They contain acids that erode tooth enamel.
  • Try a cup of sugarless tea instead of coffee. Tea has flavonoids that prevent harmful bacteria from sticking to teeth, and fluorides that are also good for teeth. Green tea is best.
Keep these things in mind and enjoy your spring break guilt- and cavity-free!