The question we should all be asking ourselves during this holiday season, is not, “Should I really have this third piece of fruit cake topped off with a couple of snickerdoodles?” Since the holidays are meant to be joyful and filled with love and sure, to experience amazing foods, the question we should be asking ourselves is, “What happens to my teeth if I happen to over-indulge this holiday season.”
We all know that moderation is the key to a healthier lifestyle. But, you can’t just go to one holiday party either; that wouldn’t be fair. To help guide you through some of the common holiday maladies that affect our teeth, I have included some helpful hints from the American Dental Association as well as a few other holiday teeth tips.
When enjoying the 3 F’s of the holidays (Family, Friends, & Food), remember these tips:
- Eating sweet foods with meals helps neutralize acid production by increasing the amount of saliva; it helps “rinse” the food particles from the mouth;
- Try to limit snacks, focus on the main dish.
- Consider chewing sugarless gum, chewing produces saliva which helps wash decay-producing acid; and, Consider drinking fluoride-enhanced water, it may also help prevent cavities.
And, a few of my own tips…
- Hard candy or other sticky substances that stay for long periods in your mouth give more time for plaque-causing bacteria to get a foothold; and
- Rather than toasting with eggnog (sugar and fat promote decay), toast with a drink low in sugar, fat, and acidity, for example, La Croix flavored water.
Remember, questions and/or second opinions are always FREE; just call my office. From all of us here at Wellness Springs Dental, we wish you a wonderful holiday season.
Dr. Stephanie Rose, DDS | Wellness Springs Dental
3460 LIBERTY RD S SALEM, OR 97302 (503) 371-2424