The holiday season is upon us, and whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or just the New Year, you will be bombarded with sweet treats, snacks, and drinks from now until January. We definitely aren’t saying that you should stay away from tasty holiday treats like pumpkin pie, eggnog, or cookies, but there here are a few things you can do to maintain healthy teeth.
Water with Decadent Drinks: Punch, eggnog, sweet wine, and cocktails are part of many people’s personal holiday traditions, but they also contain a lot of sugar. You can limit the potential damage by having a glass of water handy to swish around your mouth after you finish your drink (plus, you stay hydrated!). You can also use a straw to limit the amount of the drink that comes into contact with your teeth.
Chewy treats: You know the kind, anything with caramel or toffee. They taste great, but you should be very careful if you’ve ever have any dental work like veneers or crowns for your teeth. Proceed with caution when eating anything sticky like caramel because it can accidentally pull your dental work loose. On top of that, bits of chewy sugar will easily get stuck between your teeth and won’t easily come out. Just make sure to floss later that day because swishing water and brushing likely won’t be enough – you could cause cavities!
Sugary snacks: Holiday cookies, festive sweet bread, and pie are all tasty, but also full of sugar. Even simple baked pastries are full of carbohydrates which break down into a sugar. Just remember to drink water after your snack and be sure to brush and floss your teeth later that day.
Hard candy: Peppermint candy and candy canes are very popular around this time of year. Unfortunately though, they have all of the potentially damaging qualities we just listed. They are made of sugar, they are sticky, and they are hard. Just remember to chew gently, drink water, and brush your teeth at the end of the day. Try to avoid holding them in your mouth for long periods of time!