The energy of the season is almost palpable. People are hustling and bustling to find perfect gifts for their loved ones, Publix is amply supplied with ingredients for treasured holiday meals, and families are lining up babysitters and outfits so they can attend holiday parties. The folks at Breezy Bay Dental plan to enjoy this time of year and want you to, as well. But while you’re enjoying the celebration and merriment, you might also be mindful of how to make sure your smile isn’t spoiled by what you eat and drink. Here are a few tips that will allow you to escape the season without causing damage to your pearly whites.
- Limit your intake of sweets and other junk food. If you keep your favorite indulgences on the counter, you’ll be more likely to graze on cavity-causing food all day long. Keep the treats hidden to remove the temptation. When you do decide to enjoy your favorite holiday foods, don’t eat out of the serving container; give yourself a single serving then put it away. Out of sight, out of mind.
- Time your sweets appropriately. When you eat, your body naturally produces more saliva to aid with digestion. Saliva also happens to “clean” your teeth by loosening food particles that may be trapped in your smile and washing them away. This is the best time to eat sugary foods, as the saliva will help rinse away any sugars that may otherwise rest on your teeth.
- Have healthy options available. After days and days of eating sugar-laden foods, we all need a break. The problem is that, wherever you go, there seems to be no other option. Be the exception by keeping your home well-stocked with fresh veggies and hummus, apples and grapes, and nuts, cheese, or other protein options. Not only will you be more likely to make good choices if they’re available, any visitors will be appreciative, as well.
- Brush and floss earlier than usual. Do it right after dessert, even if it’s only 7 p.m. When you take the time to care for your teeth, you’ll think twice before sneaking an extra bite of that homemade fudge, candy cane, or snickerdoodle. If you do indulge, be sure to brush and floss again before you go to bed.
We hope these tips allow you to enjoy a decay-free December. The Breezy Bay Dental team wishes you and your loved ones a happy and healthy holiday season. If you live in the Palm Harbor area, contact our office to schedule an appointment with our outstanding dental care providers.