May is the time of year when we celebrate spring festivals, Mothers Day, and Cinco de Mayo. Whether you are enjoying chips and salsa on Cinco de Mayo, mimosas for Mothers Day, or strawberry shortcake at the Strawberry Festival, you should be aware of your dental health. To maintain good oral health, when we eat is just as important as what we eat. As soon as you eat, the bacteria in your mouth start to break down the sugars and carbohydrates in the food to acids and it is the acids that cause tooth decay.
At night our saliva production is reduced, so brushing is important after eating chips and salsa and drinking margaritas on Cinco De Mayo. Resist the urge to go straight to bed! Alcoholic drinks can cause your mouth to feel dry so counteract this effect by drinking water along with those mimosas to flush out food particles and rehydrate oral tissues. Flossing after eating your strawberry shortcake can remove the little bits of food and the strawberry seeds from between your teeth.
Enjoy your time in May by being mindful of what you eat and drink.
Some tips to remember are:
*Drink plenty of water in addition to alcoholic beverages. *Bring a tooth pick or floss with you. * Choose tooth friendly foods that are not full of sugar.