December 2, 2018
The holiday season is jam packed with yummy sweets and treats that you probably can’t wait to sink your teeth into. But with this influx of sugar, you should watch out for the cavities, decay, and other dental issues it can cause. Thankfully, there are ways to enjoy the holidays while still maintaining good oral health. Read on to learn some tips from your dentist on how to protect your teeth during this season of sugar.
Be Cautious About Candy
Some types of candy are better than others. Watch out for sticky or hard candies that stay in contact with your teeth for long periods of time. Sugar that clings to your teeth can increase your risk of cavities and decay.
Instead, reach for some chocolate! This delicious treat washes away and dissolves relatively easy, and it tastes good too. Just be sure to brush your teeth afterwards to remove any remaining sugar and plaque.
Be Smart About Snacking
Be sure to use a nutcracker if you’re going to crack nuts because their outer shells can damage and even crack your teeth. You should also watch out for constant snacking throughout the day because you aren’t giving your mouth enough time to produce saliva and wash away plaque and debris from previous eating.
Don’t Break Your Routine
The holidays are a time of family, friends, and travel, which can make it harder to keep up with your oral healthcare routine. However, you can be prepared by packing a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss in your purse or travel bag for on-the-go cleaning.
For some extra help, you can chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva flow. Saliva naturally washes away cavity-causing plaque and debris, so you can keep your mouth hydrated by chewing sugarless gum and drinking water.
See Your Dentist
The holiday season is certainly not the time to skip your dental appointment. If you don’t already have one scheduled, contact your local dentist’s office for a checkup and cleaning after the holiday chaos has settled down.
Your dentist will be able to prevent and detect early signs of cavities, decay, gum disease, and more. Plus, routine checkups are also a time when your dentist will screen for oral cancer and take X-Rays. Some dental issues can’t be felt or seen with the naked eye, which is why it’s important that you get in to see your dentist routinely.
Use these tips to keep your teeth healthy while enjoying all of the season’s festivities. That way, you can protect your pearly whites during this season of sugar.
About the Practice
Dr. J. Benjamin Patrick and Dr. Brandt Sandifer are a team of expert dentists who take pride in providing the best care to their patients in Athens. They believe in patient education, which is why they want you to know how to keep your smile healthy during the holidays. They currently practice at Advanced Dentistry of Athens, and they can be contacted through their website or by phone at (706) 546-8720 for any questions.
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