Basic oral hygiene counters the effects of holiday indulgence

12/22/2011 | HealthDay News

Many people consume more acidic drinks and sugary foods during the holidays than at other times of the year, and dental health can suffer as a result, says Academy of General Dentistry spokesman George Shepley. People who drink wine should avoid swishing it in their mouths and should drink water between glasses to reduce acid. If brushing or flossing after eating sweets is not possible, drinking water or chewing sugar-free gum can help prevent tooth decay, Shepley said.

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