Keeping Your Smile Healthy Through the Holidays
Avoiding sweets over the holidays is an intense feat. Why not snack “better” instead of setting yourself up for disappointment? Here are some simple tips to keeping your teeth healthy when you’re surrounded by all of those foods that are “bad” for you.
Scheduling is Key
Technically, it’s worse for your teeth to snack on things frequently throughout the day than it is to have your holiday sweets right after a meal. Since acid exposure takes place each time you snack, it’s better to restrict it to specific times during the day instead of a more frequent basis. For example, if you want to have a few Christmas cookies, eat them right after your meal instead of nibbling on them all afternoon.
Sip on Water Between Meals
Water helps to wash away sugars to neutralize pH levels inside your mouth. If you’re not able to brush during the day, at least sip on water or rinse your mouth out well at the sink. Just remember, rinsing doesn’t replace brushing and flossing.
Opt for Fresh Fruits When Possible
A crunchy apple or pear is good for your teeth and gums while you chew it. The texture massages your gums and helps wipe away loose biofilm on your tooth enamel. If you’re snacking at a holiday party, try to end with these foods after indulging on any processed carbs.
Check for Xylitol
Mints or gum with xylitol in them can help strengthen teeth and make them resistant to decay. Although xylitol is a sugar substitute, it’s best not used for cooking your holiday goodies as it can lead to stomach irritation if you ingest too much. But if you’re chewing gum or sucking on a mint, it’s fine!
Be sure to check with your Kois Dentist if you experience any sensitivity. Teeth that are sensitive to sweets are particularly at risk for cavities.