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Recently, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) released some guidelines for keeping teeth healthy during the holiday season, a time when many people are eating more sugary treats than they usually would. AGD spokesperson George Shepley, D.D.S. said he notices that many patients oral hygiene tends to suffer this time of year due their busy schedules and plentiful sweets in the home, office and supermarkets.
One of the first things Shepley said you have to be careful about is how you're drinking wine, because the high acidity levels can wear away at tooth enamel. The dentist said to avoid swishing wine in the mouth and drinking water in between beverages.
Next, the dental health expert said that the holidays can be stressful, which can lead to anxiety and teeth grinding.
"Finding ways to alleviate your anxiety can help, but it's also important to see your dentist, who can recommend solutions like a custom night guard," advised Shepley. "Wearing one at night will prevent you from taking out the holiday stress on your teeth while you sleep."
Finally, the dentist reminded people to brush and floss twice a day, and to visit a dental health professional biannually.
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