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Sweet Holiday Treats and Your Teeth

Sweet Holiday Treats and Your Teeth

It’s not exactly a closely-guarded secret that sugar and your teeth are not the best of friends.

Around the holidays, however, it’s hard to avoid delicious seasonal foods like candy canes, fruitcake, mulled wine, and gingerbread men.

So, how do you find a balance between enjoying sweet holiday treats and the health of your teeth and gums?

Sweet Holiday Treats: Naughty or Nice?

However, you can moderately indulge in holiday treats if you take care of your teeth. Here are a few things you can do to help keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong:

Enjoy Holiday Treats without Damaging Your Teeth

  1. Drink lots of water. Drinking water after eating sweets will help loosen food particles and wash away the sugars that remain in your mouth and on your teeth after you eat.
  2. Brush and floss consistently. Brushing and flossing are always the keys to a healthy mouth, but they’re especially important during the holidays. If you’re at a holiday party and can’t brush, rinse your mouth with water and be sure to brush and floss as soon as you can.
  3. Chew sugarless gum. Chewing gum is a great way to remove food particles, and sugarless gum with Xylitol also fights the growth of bacteria and prevents cavities. If you’re concerned about the extra holiday calories, you’ll be happy to know that chewing gum may also help you eat fewer sweet holiday treats, sparing your teeth and waistline!

Even diligent oral hygiene doesn’t replace regular checkups, so be sure to schedule an appointment at My Family Dentistry every 6 months. Minor issues can become serious if you don’t catch them early, and your teeth will thank you for it!

What are your favorite seasonal snacks? Let us know in the comments!

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