Christmas is fast approaching, with all of the gift giving and treat eating that this holiday encourages. After Halloween, Christmas is probably the most candy and snack intensive time of year (for kids and adults), which means that being extra cautious is highly encouraged.
Now, we understand that talking about dental hygiene during the holiday season isn’t the most exciting thing ever, but it is important to emphasize. This time of year sees a lot of dental issues come up in the days and weeks after Christmas due to the amount of sugary snacks that are taken in.
Here are some suggestions to enjoy holiday snacking while preventing dental issues.
- Consider serving treats after mealtime. The amount of saliva will be greater in people’s mouths following a meal, which in turn will be able to prevent some corrosive adhesion to the teeth.
- Dairy acts as a buffer against harmful elements in treats, so it is a good idea to serve treats with milk.
- If you or your kids like hard candy, you are going to want to floss after eating it. If it is able to stick in between your teeth, it can do harm there.
- Try using sealed containers with distinct amounts of candy inside in order to encourage better portion control overall.
- Drink more water! Along with keeping you hydrating, drinking more water will prevent buildup of corrosive elements on the teeth.
Have a great holiday season! Remember to brush!