Smile, the Holidays Are Here

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are just around the corner, and that means plenty of good eats. While you’re filling up on holiday treats, consider these dental tips to prevent cavities from forming this holiday season.

Watch your sugar intake. You are bound to come across countless dessert spreads over the course of the holiday season. A few treats here and there are okay. If possible, look for snacks sweetened with natural sugars, like maple syrup. Try to avoid high fructose corn syrup and white sugar, as these are what can cause enamel to decay on our teeth. Be aware! These sugars can also be found in sodas, juices, and alcoholic beverages.

Avoid sticky snacks. Chocolates, caramels, and other sticky candies taste delicious, but can easily become lodged in the crevices of your teeth. This can cause the enamel of a tooth to break down, allowing bacteria to develop into a cavity. If you partake in sticky sweets, be sure to rinse your mouth out with water or brush with toothpaste soon after.

Brush your teeth regularly. The dentists at Chalfont Dental recommend brushing after every meal, but they also understand that isn’t always possible. Brush your teeth when you can, especially in the morning and at night. If you aren’t able to brush after every meal, swish some water around your mouth to help remove excess debris from food. This will help lessen the chances of a cavity forming.

Have a glass of wine. A recent study found that grape seed extract and red wine can help prevent cavities! Drinking red wine can help eliminate bacteria settled on teeth. Remember to drink in moderation – these health benefits were discovered in moderate red wine drinkers.

Eat a balanced diet. Consuming lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables all help to strengthen tooth enamel. Fruits and vegetables high in water content can help balance the natural sugars found in them, minimizing their cavity-causing effects. Fill your plate with items from every food group to maintain healthy, strong teeth.
If a cavity develops, see your dentist right away. The sooner you deal with a cavity, the less painful it will be. Once treated, your dentist will cover your tooth with a sealant to help prevent further cavities from forming.

Keep these holiday cavity prevention tips in mind as you visit with friends and family. Start the New Year with a bright, healthy smile!

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