Holiday sweets mean more sugar and it’s no secret that more sugar leads to tooth decay. From the end of October to the end of December, sugar sneaks into every crevice of daily living, for adults and children. Because of all the holidays that fall in the last three months of the year, candy, cookies, and cakes can be found almost everywhere you look. Office parties to ugly Christmas sweater competitions, sweets take over our diets. Is it even possible to survive the Holiday season without partaking in these treats? Dr. Wells knows that the answer is probably not. Here are some helpful tips to survive the holiday season with minimal damage to your teeth.
As most of us know, sugar can cause tooth decay. Dental Cavities are an infection caused by a combination of carbohydrate-containing foods and bacteria that live in our mouths. The bacteria in our mouth feeds off the sugar it finds. As the bacteria digest the sugar, acid is produced. This acid begins to dissolve the hard enamel that forms the outer coating of our teeth. This acid attack can last up to 20 minutes every time we eat sugary foods! “Avoiding sugary food is the best way to prevent cavities from forming,” said Dr. Wells, “But for most of us, that is impossible this time of year.” If you find yourself enjoying the pleasures of this season, the best thing to do is brush your teeth afterwards.
Also, keep in mind that some types of candy and sweets, like gummy bears, caramels, jelly beans, peanut brittle, have a tendency to get stuck in your teeth. At this time of year, Dr. Wells sees an increase in repairing crowns or bridges that have been pulled off by sticky candy. These candies may be difficult to resist, but in order to protect your dental work it might be the best choice.
After the holidays, be sure to schedule a teeth cleaning to ensure your dental health! The beginning of the year is a great time to make that appointment.
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