Sugarplums, candy canes, chocolate Santas and Christmas cookies. These are treats kids (and grownups too) look forward to when the holidays arrive. We all know that consuming sugary foods and drinks can be harmful to our teeth.
But there are some simple things you can do to ensure that you and your children enjoy your favorite Christmas sweets while maintaining good oral health.
Keep track of how many sugary foods you are eating—Think moderation, which allows you to savor your favorite desserts without going on sugar overload. And be sure to floss and brush after eating sweet food items.
Keep up with your dental care routine—Take the time to brush and floss like you always do. It doesn’t take that long and it’s worth it in the long run.
Choose “tooth healthy” foods—Foods such as cranberries and cheese are actually good for your teeth, in moderation. Cheese has been proven to return your mouth back to its natural acidic balanced self, which helps with preventing tooth decay. Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts improve your body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, helping to protect your teeth and gums. Crisp fruits and raw vegetables like apples, carrots and celery help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath.
Back off tobacco— The risk of tooth loss decreases after you quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco. Cutting back on or quitting smoking also reduces your risk for tooth discoloration, cavities, gum recession, gum disease and throat, lung and oral cancer.
Limit alcohol intake—Besides affecting your overall health, too much alcohol can also affect your oral health.
See your dentist for regular checkups—Regular six-month visits to your dentist can help prevent any dental health problems before they cause discomfort or require more comprehensive or expensive treatment. Regular visits allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and recommend a dental health regimen to address areas of concern.
Happy Holidays from the staff at Angell’s Dentistry. We are committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. We invite you to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.