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March is finally here, which means it’s starting to get warmer in Jackson, Mississippi. The days are getting warmer. The flowers are starting to bloom, and pretty soon we’re going to be in the throes of Spring. You know what else March means? Besides March madness brackets at the office, it also means we have a few holidays to celebrate – Saint Patrick’s Day and Easter!
While these are fun holidays to look forward to celebrating, they aren’t the best for your teeth. After all, Saint Patrick’s Day is dedicated to celebrating Irish traditions, like consuming green beer, eating decorative chocolate, Irish Coffee, and corned beef and cabbage, and Easter is celebrated with baskets full of candy.
With that being said, we’re going to dedicate today’s blog to showing you how you can minimize dental damage during these holidays. So, if you’re partaking in the festive libations or celebrations, then make sure to read onward.
On March 19th, Jackson will be hosting its green St. Patrick’s Day Parade. So, make sure you put on your finest green suit and head out for the occasion. The parade goes into downtown Jackson, through the most culturally vibrant areas of town, surrounded by beautiful music venues and tasty restaurants. If you’re over the age of 21, chances are that you’ll be participating in a Guinness or two.
For all the beer drinkers out there, the good news is that beer can actually be healthy for your teeth. The bad news is that it can also be unhealthy for your teeth. The trick to consuming beer in a healthy fashion depends on the kind of beer you drink, and how you drink it.
Beer is an incredibly acidic beverage, especially if you’re drinking IPAs. This means that when you nurse it over a long period of time, the acid can hurt your enamel. Alcohol also makes your mouth dry, which can be bad for your dental health, since your mouth needs saliva to wash away bacteria, acid, and foods. Lastly, dark beers, like Guinness, are infamous for staining teeth.
On the other side of the spectrum, some beers can actually be good for your teeth. Specifically, craft beer that has a high hop content and a property called tannins are dental friendly. Hoppy beers are also good for your teeth, because of their calcium and silicon contents. Some beer is also known to have anti-microbial qualities, which is good for gum and teeth health.
Luckily, there are ways you can minimize any damage a long day of drinking might do while reaping the positive benefits. Before setting off for the day, make sure that your teeth are as clean as possible. The less plaque and bacteria buildup before drinking, the less likely your teeth might suffer from staining or acid damage.
Another way to cut back on alcohol damage is by occasionally rinsing your mouth with water to wash away acids in beer. Chewing sugar-free gum is another good way to stimulate saliva production and wash away lingering acid from the beer.
If you’re partaking in the corned beef and cabbage or Irish chocolate mousse tomorrow, make sure that you floss all the stringy meet from between your teeth and rinse away any water you’re consuming. Last but not least, make sure that you remember to wear green, so you don’t get pinched!
Easter is just around the bend. On March 27th, most of us will be celebrating Easter with our Cadbury eggs, families, and Easter grass. Peeps and Reese’s Pieces in the shape of eggs are delicious ways to get in the Spring spirit, but unfortunately, all of the sugar wreaks havoc on your dental health. In fact, America spends about $2 billion a year on Easter candy, which is a lot of jelly beans and cavities.
There are quite a few ways you can tailor your Easter this year, so you and your children can have a dental-friendly holiday while still celebrating with gifts from the Easter bunny:
With a little bit of innovation, you can turn Easter into a fun and healthy holiday. If you really feel like going the extra mile, there are a lot of healthy Easter-themed recipes to make homemade treats. You can find better sugar substitutes, like honey or agave syrup. While these substitutes aren’t great for your teeth, they’re much better for your mind and body than processed candy or high fructose corn syrup.
Consult with Dr. Tharp & Dr. Klaus whether you need teeth cleaning, oral screening, or restorative dental care in Jackson, MS. You can trust our team to deliver quality dental services that will leave you with a smile on your face. We believe that each and every patient that walks through our door deserves a great smile, and we’ll work with you to find the treatments that fit your needs. During our consultations, you’ll be able to ask your questions one-on-one, get evaluated, and learn more about the ins and outs of your dental treatment.
Don’t hesitate to contact us today; you deserve a beautiful brilliant smile.