At George R. Hussey, DDS, FAGD, we understand that the holidays are generally considered a time for family and food. But there are a few foods you should probably consider avoiding. Specifically, sweets can cause a number of serious issues. Did you know there are a few things you can do to enjoy a few holiday sweets and protect your teeth?
First, you should be choosy about the foods that you eat. For example, hard candies or chocolates filled with caramel are likely to spend more time on your enamel. Avoiding these types of sticky treats will help your teeth suffer less in between brushings.
Sweets in moderation are probably fine, but the longer you expose your teeth to sugar, the more damage can occur. It may also be a good idea to keep a toothbrush with you. This way you can brush right after eating those yummy holiday sweets. Just remember that if you drink highly acidic foods and beverages you should wait a half hour before brushing since your enamel could be softened.
Lastly, remember to drink lots of water. This will help rinse away food residue that stays on your teeth. Also, staying hydrated helps to keep your mouth’s bacteria in balance. Don’t forget to keep to your oral hygiene routine, and never skip brushing or flossing.
If you’re interested in learning more about caring for your teeth during the holidays, please don’t hesitate to contact George R. Hussey, DDS, FAGD at 360.653.5197. Dr. George R. Hussey and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We’re eager to hear from you soon!