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Happy Cinco de Mayo from San Mateo Center for Cosmetic Dentistry

At San Mateo Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re excited to celebrate this festive occasion with our community. As we celebrate this day of Mexican pride and heritage, we want to remind everyone of the importance of maintaining good dental health – even when it’s a holiday!

There’s another holiday or birthday celebration right around the corner, so let’s take a moment to talk about how you can maintain good dental health all year.

Cut Back on Sugar

Sweet treats are at the top of everyone’s holiday list, but desserts high in sugar can lead to cavities. Instead of indulging in sugar-filled treats, try to limit your sugar intake. We know it’s not as much fun to eat fruit or sugar-free options, but you’re reducing your risk of cavities.

Let’s be honest. If you simply can’t avoid dessert, drink water or at least rinse your mouth to help wash away any sugar residue that may be on your teeth.

Be Moderate with Alcohol

Alcohol dehydrates your body and reduces saliva production, which leads to dry mouth and bacterial growth. You know what that means: an increase in bacteria promotes gum disease, cavities, and bad breath. Limit your alcohol consumption and try to drink water frequently throughout the day.

Don’t Forget to Brush and Floss

Dental hygiene routines are even more important during holiday celebrations, where food and drinks are flowing. Don’t forget to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once daily too. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth, tongue, and gums. Flossing helps remove any food particles stuck between your teeth that brushing can’t reach.

Go for Healthier Options

It may be a holiday, but you should still make wise food choices. Cheese is calcium-rich and a good nutritional option, as are veggies and lean proteins.
Avoid sticky foods like toffee, caramel, and hard candy that can damage your teeth.

The Bottom Line

Cinco de Mayo is a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride with friends and family. However, good dental health shouldn’t take a backseat during the festivities. These tips will help you maintain good dental health because remember, prevention is key!

If you’ve experienced chipped or cracked teeth or you’d just like to brighten your smile for those holiday selfies, contact San Mateo Center for Cosmetic Dentistry to repair and restore good dental health.