The holiday season is upon us. It’s a time for gift-giving and gathering ’round the fire! These celebrations mean an abundance of sweets that are baked, gifted, and shared with family and friends. Maybe even one cookie for a certain red-coated Santa in case he drops by. They’re called “treats” for a reason!
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However, it is important to remember that sugar wreaks havoc on tooth enamel. All sugars can cause decay. Decay happens when sugar reacts to the bacteria in plaque and produces harmful acids. The acids are what erodes your teeth’s enamel.
Here’s what Santa does to help his mouth stay healthy, even with all those cookies and milk he gobbles down. Here are a couple of ways to prevent cavities.
Try to pace yourself this holiday season. Pay attention to portion sizes and limit yourself to one treat per day.
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Drink lots of water. In addition to being great for your skin and overall body health, water also washes away some of the acid as well as the remnants of the sweets. Swish water around your mouth after snacking and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing for best results.
Chew sugarless gum with Xylitol after eating sweets. This type of gum promotes the production of more saliva to offset the acid, as well as washing away some of the sugars that have stuck around between the teeth. Getting rid of these sugars can prevent cavity-causing bacteria from forming.
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Neutralize acidity in your mouth with an elevated pH mouth rinse.
Brush and floss every day. When you brush, make sure you are using the proper technique and a toothpaste with fluoride.
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Although these ways to prevent cavities are useful during the Holiday season, please remember that if you are having any tooth pain over the holiday season that needs immediate attention, you can always contact Cascadia Dental Specialists. For emergency care, call us at 425-644-7444.