The winter season is filled with holidays, get togethers and occasions that call for some of the best drinks there are. We all have our favorite winter drinks that we can’t help but turn to when the cool winter days take over. While these drinks do offer full flavors and a little bit of warmth to our cold, cold days, they also do a lot of damage to beautiful smiles. Here are a few of the drinks that we recommend drinking in moderation this winter season so that you can maintain your pearly whites.
Between Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas celebrations and the countless days that you simply need a drink to wind down after a stressful day of holiday shopping or a long drive home from work, the red wine intake is sure to raise from your normal intake. This drink may not only pop up during the holiday season, but it sure does show up quite a bit more. The real downfall of this drink is that it can stain your teeth when consumed too often. The best way to counter this is through some thorough brushing at the end of the day to ensure that none of this dark red color remains on your teeth.
This fan favorite is one that shows up as early as Halloween and lasts through the cool of winter. While it is an absolutely delicious drink and it keeps you warm through the cool days, it is one that is known for breaking down the enamel on your teeth. If you are a fan of this particular drink, we strongly suggest switching over to a toothpaste that has fluoride in it so that you are able to counter the breakdown that this drink can do. This is another drink that moderation can help, but so long as you care for your teeth afterward, it’s one that we can justify.
There is only one time of the year where eggnog is really enjoyed, and that’s the holiday season. If you are a fan of eggnog then it’s no news that this drink is high in sugar and liquor. While that definitely makes for a great drink to enjoy during the winter, it is one that sticks to your teeth and wears down the enamel for hours. Aside from that, the amount of rum, brandy or bourbon that is added can lead you to have an incredibly dry mouth later on, which leads to less saliva to break down the sugars. If you’re planning on drinking a ton of eggnog this season, make sure to have a glass of water following just to lessen the amount of sugar that sticks to your teeth.
We don’t mean to take away from your holiday celebration, but knowing the damages that these drinks are capable of doing makes it so that you are able to better take care of your smile while consuming them. You wouldn’t want a few months of celebrating to ruin the smile that you’ve managed to keep cavity free up until this point, would you?
Make sure to keep up with our blog this holiday season as we explore other areas of this season and how they affect your smile.