Christmas Drinks: So Sweet, So Delicious, So Warm…So Bad For Your Smile!

Oh, yes. Everyone can attest to the fact that Christmas drinks are always sweet, delicious, warm, and delightful! While you’re likely nodding your head in agreement, our Celina, TX team is ready to share some not-so-beloved news with you: Christmas drinks are often bad for your oral health! While this certainly doesn’t mean we think you should put it on the no-no list for your holiday fun-time extravaganza, we do want to at the very least make you aware of this fact, to help you understand what the problem might be, and to help you protect your grin!

Be Careful That It’s Not Too Hot!

We know that when you see that cup of steaming apple cider, that mug filled to the brim with cocoa (and filled higher with melting marshmallows), that peppermint mocha, etc., that all you want is that first delicious, soul-warming sip! Unfortunately, we have to burst your bubble and remind you of one very significant oral health suggestion: Don’t rush. Take it easy. Dip your pinky into the liquid. Blow on it. Do whatever you need to do to be sure you’re not about to take in a mouthful of boiling beverage. You’ll thank us later!

Watch Out For Unexpected “Adult” Beverages

We remind you that alcoholic beverages can create an acid environment in your mouth that may contribute to a need for restorative care over time. It can also dehydrate you! The answer? Drink lots of water, too.

Be Careful With All Of That Sweetness

One second, you’re considering having a cup of black coffee. The next, you’ve agreed to a splash of sweet “sugar cookie” creamer, a bit of caramel syrup, and someone has piled whipped cream high over the liquid below! Remember that Christmas drinks may at first seem like they are “okay” for your smile health but the more sugar you add, the worse things get! Does that mean you have to abandon your plan to enjoy such a nice treat? Not at all! However, it’s good to have plan in place for quickly drinking some water (and rinsing it around) after to flush sugars from tooth surfaces! This helps you prevent the problems that long-term contact with sugar causes (like tooth decay).

See Us To Remain On Track With Post-Holiday Care

Remember not to wait too long after the holidays are through to come on in to see us for your smile care, so you continue to enjoy your smile health! Schedule your appointment in Celina, TX today by contacting Nielsen Dental Studio at 214-851-4440. We gladly treat patients from Celina, Prosper, Gunter, Frisco, McKinney, and all surrounding communities.