The holidays are filled with joy, cheer, family, friends, and of course, delicious sweets and treats. With the many parties and get togethers that occur during this time of the year, you’re sure to find yourself presented with a smorgasbord of seasonal snacks. However, some of these can do damage to your oral health. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to stay healthy during holiday parties. Keep reading to learn some easy oral health tips in Lansing to protect yourself during the season of sugar.
Visit the Party Snack Tray
Surprisingly enough, your dentist says to hit the snack tray right away at your next party. Eating cheese before drinking wine or other dark beverages that stain teeth can give you some extra protection. Cheese can give your teeth a waxy coating to prevent discoloration.
Additionally, baby carrots and celery (commonly found on snack trays) can stimulate your saliva flow, which naturally washes away plaque and bacteria. That’s why it’s a good idea to mix in crunchy veggies with your holiday snack intake.
Try Sugar-Free This Season
When available, try reaching for sugar-free desserts instead of caramel, taffy, and other sticky or hard treats. These items stay in contact with your teeth for longer periods of time, which puts your smile at a higher risk of cavities and decay.
You can also take matters into your own hands and start baking your own sugarless goodies. There are many substitutes out there, like xylitol, so find one that works and start the sugar-free baking trend!
Rinse Your Mouth Routinely
Rinsing your mouth, even with plain-old water can remove plaque, bacteria, and food debris from your smile. This minimizes your chances of decay, cavities, and gum disease because it prevents sugars and acids from settling on your teeth. So, when you can, slip away to a nearby bathroom to give your mouth a rinse.
See Your Dentist
Once the holiday chaos has settled down, get in to see your dentist to make sure you got through the season of sugar without any cavities or dental problems. This is the best way to prevent and detect early signs of decay, gum disease, and other issues like oral cancer. You could even get your teeth whitened if you’ve been eating or drinking foods that stain your teeth.
Now that you know how to get through the holiday party season, use these tips to keep your teeth dazzling while still allowing some seasonal indulgence.
About the Practice
At Brookwood Dental Associates, we have a team of 9 expert dentists who take pride in providing quality care to each of their patients. They believe in patient education, which is why they want you to know some of the risks that your oral health faces during the holidays. For any questions, they can be contacted through their website or by phone at (215) 368-2424.