Holiday Sweets and Your Smile
Are visions of sugarplums dancing in your head this December? We don’t blame you! With so many holiday goodies and gatherings, it’s hard to keep your sweet tooth under control!
The occasional holiday indulgence is fine, but try not to overdo it!
Sticky foods = icky teeth
The stickier the food the less likely it will be washed away by saliva. Holiday favorites such as fruitcake, caramels and peanut brittle can stick to teeth and cause acid to be produced by the bacteria in your mouth. This acid eats away at your tooth enamel and can cause cavities and other oral health problems.
Eat sweets with a meal
Saliva production increases during meals. This can help neutralize the acid being produced and rinse food particles from the mouth. Stay away from between-meal snacks. If you are craving a snack, chew on gum that contains xylitol afterward.
Drink more Ho, Ho, H2O
Consuming fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay and rinse away food particles. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least one a day. Visit your dentist regularly.
Remember to brush and floss regularly for a seasonal smile – all year round!