The holiday season is in full swing and we all find ourselves surrounded by sugar-filled candies, desserts, and other holiday treats. Whether your favorite is apple pie, candy canes, chocolate fudge, peanut butter brittle, gingerbread cookies or fruit cake; none are necessarily good for your teeth. But enjoying the holiday season – while also caring for your teeth – doesn’t mean you have to completely avoid all of those holiday sweets! Here are some simple tips to consider during the holidays.
- Keep Up with your Regular Routine! The holidays can be a busy time so don’t forget to follow your dental care routine every day.
- Visit Dr. Jeffrey Fortna! While it can be hard to keep appointments during the holiday season, do your best to keep your Mainstream Dental appointment for your general cleaning, or other necessary dental work.
- Enjoy the Sugar, but Don’t Savor it! It’s not about whether you can have sugar in your mouth, but how long it stays inside of your mouth. The holiday sweets that have the most potential to cause tooth problems are ones that remain in your teeth for a long period of time (toffee, taffy, gobstoppers, etc.). The best time to enjoy sweets is at mealtimes. Mealtimes are when we produce more saliva and saliva helps to neutralize the acids produced by bacteria in the mouth.
- Increase Brushing! Consider brushing your teeth after your partake of your favorite holiday sweets. If that’s not always possible, try to increase your brushing to three times a day during the holidays.
- Consider Some Gum! While not the best option for everyone, chewing sugarless gum can increase saliva production in your mouth which can help to wash away sugar and harmful acids.
The content above is applicable for many of our Mainstream Dental patients. Your individual circumstances may alter the suggestions or instructions being provided. Please contact Dr. Jeffrey Fortna for an appointment to discuss your unique dental needs.