Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Miami Beach Dentist, Dr. Mereos, Shares his Holiday Survival Guide for Your Smile




Yes, it got here quicker than you expected it. The holidays are upon us, and 'tis the season for a bit of togetherness (and a lot of indulgence). We don't all celebrate the same holidays or adhere to the same belief systems, but there is one thing that seems to unite us all: comfort food.

It's food, fun, and friends. Cold weather and sweets go hand-in-hand. What's a good snowball fight without a warm cup of cocoa to come home to? Even in warmer climates, it's difficult to dissuade dreams of sugar plums after a good night of classic movies with your family. So, while this "soul food" may be good for your spirits, take a moment to think about what it's doing to your teeth.

How Could Something So Good Be So Bad?

Sweets taste so good, but sugar can wreak havoc on your pearly whites. It's a complicated process, but here's the scoop. Bacteria in your mouth use your sweets as energy, growing and multiplying faster than they would otherwise. Some bond with the sugar to form a sticky glue called plaque. Plaque, in turn, produces acid. The acid dissolves the minerals that make your tooth enamel hard, and the surface becomes porous. The acid causes these tiny holes in the enamel to become bigger until one large hole appears. This is a cavity.


Does This Mean No More?

While ideally we would never expose our teeth to sugar or anything else that promotes tooth
decay, that's just not realistic. All we can do is try to minimize the damage. Don't let your holiday
routine interrupt your dental care regimen. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride
toothpaste (unless you're a young tyke), and floss at least once.

If you decide to indulge in more sweets than usual, it's a good idea to brush more often. If you
don't have your toothbrush on hand, rinse your mouth out with warm water. Certain sugar -free
gums can help as well. Choose those with Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can help prevent
tooth decay. And finally, try to mix up your snacks. If you're eating a sugary treat, try to also eat
a bit of cheese (or a similar protein) as well.



Dr. Mereos has more than 15 years of experience in dentistry. Dr. Isidoros Mereos offers Miami residents quality dental services ranging from cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, to implant dentistry and more. Dental cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening, bonding, veneers, dental implants are all carried out in a relaxed and caring environment in their comfortable state-of-the-art office.
Dr. Mereos's patients say he is friendly and comforting and always happy to take the time to answer any questions.
The Precious Smiles team looks forward to meeting with you and developing a plan tailored to meet your individual needs. "We take pride in helping our patients achieve the best results in the least amount of time possible."
You can make an appointment with our cosmetic dentist by calling our friendly staff at (305) 532-9114 or by visiting http://www.precioussmiles.com. Please don't hesitate to contact Precious Smiles if you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry, veneers, Invisalign, tooth whitening, or dental implants.
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Miami Beach Dentist
Dr. Isidoros Mereos
Precious Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry Center -Miami Beach
http://www.precioussmiles.com
(305) 532-9114
1315 Alton Rd.
Miami Beach, Fl 33139
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