Healthy Teeth Tips for Holiday Sweets

With so many holidays happening so quickly, and sweets being at the center of just about all of them, it can be tough to keep our smiles happy over the next few months. In our last blog, we talked about the different types of Halloween candy and which ones are the least harmful for our teeth. In this post, we’d like to share a few tips to keep your teeth at their best. After all, our goal is for you and your family to have a safe, fun, and dentist-approved holiday season!

Be sure to set limits.

Not only is limiting intake of sweets and candy important for your overall health, it’s crucial to keep your teeth safe. The saying “everything in moderation” is a great thing to remember. If at all possible, try only keeping a set number of sweets in the house. If you have too many, consider donating some to a local food bank or homeless shelter.

There’s a “right” time to eat sweets.

It’s important not to think of candy and sweets as snacks. The longer sugar stays in contact with your teeth, the more at risk for tooth decay you’ll be. The safest time to eat sugary treats is around mealtime. When you’re eating other foods, the amount of saliva you produce increases. This helps wash away leftover food and neutralize harmful acids produced by bacteria in your mouth.

Keep to a regular dental routine.

The most important part of keeping your smile healthy is a thorough dental routine. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily are the best way to keep bacteria and plaque at bay. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating sugary food can help boost saliva and clear bacteria. If you’re not sure if your child is brushing well enough, chewable disclosing tablets help reveal spots they may have missed after brushing. Try using them once a week!

As always, regular trips to the dentist help ensure your teeth are at their best. We encourage you to visit us for your recommended twice yearly checkups and get in touch with any questions or concerns! We have two convenient office locations in Glendale/Fox Point and Greendale, WI. Request an appointment today!

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