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By St. Charles Family Dentistry
December 29, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Orthodontics  

This holiday season you’ll be exposed to more food and delicious treats than you can handle. Everything from pumpkin pie to sugarplums is being advertised. But if you’re wearing braces, you have to take certain precautions to protect your braces and preserve good oral health. Keep these tips in mind this holiday season from St. Charles orthodontics Dr. Lynn Lipskis, DDS.

Use a Straw
One way to protect your braces is to make it a point to drink beverages (especially sugary ones like egg nog) with a straw instead of Bracessipping. This will minimize the contact those beverages have with your braces and teeth. Also, whenever possible drink food as a liquid or eat soft foods instead of hard solids. For instance, try apple sauce for dessert instead of having a slice of holiday pie or biting into a hard apple.

Clean and Floss More than Usual
To proactively avoid damage to your braces during the holiday season, be more diligent about cleaning and flossing. Whereas before you may have brushed twice a day and flossed once, at this time of year it’s wise to increase the frequency of your dental maintenance. Keep your brush and flossing tool handy throughout the day so that you can do a quick clean up. Make sure you get plenty of flossing brushes from St. Charles orthodontics Dr. Lynn Lipskis, DDS at your next braces appointment—these brushes make it easier to get in between the metal brackets.

Minimize Acidic Foods
With so many items on the menu at holiday dinners, it can be difficult to stick to a diet that’s good for your braces and teeth. Just remember this: avoid acidic foods like tomatoes, soda and beef as much as possible. Acidic foods wear on your tooth enamel and can weaken the bond between your braces and teeth. Find a chart online that compares acidic versus alkaline foods, print it and hang it on your refrigerator as a reminder.

Check Braces Daily
It’s important that you take the time each morning to check your braces thoroughly. If you see anything that looks concerning, call St. Charles orthodontics Dr. Lipskis to make an appointment as soon as possible before the holidays to have it corrected. You can reach her online at http://www.stcharlesdentist.com or by calling (630) 377-3131 to request a time to come in.