How to Save your Teeth from Sweets this Holiday Season
- Posted on: Dec 15 2017
Holiday sweets and treats are tempting and tasty, but they aren’t doing any favors for your teeth (or your overall health). You should certainly enjoy a sweet indulgence now and then, but consider how you can stave off the sugary Christmas fare by implementing the following tips:
Fuel your body with the right food
Fruits and vegetables are a delightfully satisfying snack that delivers vitamins and minerals to your body as well. Instead of Christmas carb filled cookies, try produce that has a high amount of water like melons, cucumbers, and celery. Be aware of raisins and bananas, which have high sugar concentrations.
Next, avoid chewy or sticky foods that easily adhere to teeth. These include jelly beans, caramel, molasses, and syrup. These sticky substances make it difficult for saliva to wash the sugar away. If you do eat these foods, be sure to clean your teeth shortly after.
Finally, eat sugary treats with meals, not as a snack. When we eat, the amount of saliva in our mouths will increase. This makes it easier for food particles and sugars to be washed away. Eat dessert immediately after dinner to take advantage of this.
Start the right habits
Frequent snacking delivers constant fuel (sugar) to feed bacteria in the mouth. This can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Try to limit the number of snacks you eat throughout the day and at holiday parties. When you do indulge, avoid foods that linger in the mouth and on the teeth like hard candies, lollipops, and mints.
When you are at the store, purchase foods that are sugar-free or unsweetened. Often, food manufacturers will add far more sugar to a product than it requires.
Be sure to have water on hand throughout the day and during meals. Juice, sodas, and even milk have sugar. Water has zero calories, no sugar, and does wonders for your overall health.
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