December 3, 2018
The holidays are officially here! Often known as the best time of year, the holidays bring joy, cheer, family, friends, and of course, a ton of yummy sweets and treats. These seasonal goodies taste amazing, but they can do damage to your oral health. Thankfully, there are ways you can protect your teeth during this season of sugar and parties. Keep reading to learn how to maintain oral health in New City while still enjoying the festivities.
Try Sugar-Free Sweets
Sugar is one of the main causes of cavities and decay because it turns into acid and eats away at your protective enamel (the outside layer of your teeth). This cavity-causing ingredient is at an all-time high during the holidays, but did you know there are a variety of healthy substitutes on the market? Xylitol and other sugar substitutes can be used to bake with and sweeten. The best part is your loved ones may not even be able to tell a difference.
Water is a true friend during the holidays. Not only does it keep you from overindulging through hydration, but it also rinses away plaque and bacteria. That’s why it’s worth it to sneak away through your holiday party to rinse your mouth with water. Most tap water also contains fluoride, which is a natural cavity-fighting mineral. Additionally, it keeps your mouth from drying, which minimizes your chances of decay caused by bacteria.
Hit the Snack Tray
Surprisingly, the snack tray is your ally at holiday parties. Eating cheese gives your teeth an extra waxy coating of protection that can prevent staining from wine and other beverages from occurring!
Snack trays are also often home to crunchy veggies that increase your saliva flow. Saliva naturally washes away plaque and debris that otherwise cling on your teeth so a visit to the snack tray before anything else is always a good idea.
Visit Your Dentist
After your schedule has cleared up and the holiday chaos has died down, contact your dentist in New City for a routine checkup and cleaning. This is the best way to prevent and detect early signs of cavities, decay, gum disease, and other dental issues. The key is to identify problems while they’re still small because letting them fester will only result in more extensive and expensive treatments. You may even want to talk to them about whitening after all the holiday foods you’ve eaten that are rich in color (wine, cranberries, and more).
Use these healthy holiday tips to keep your mouth in good shape while also enjoying the festivities. Now you can take on the best time of year knowing that your teeth are safe and sound.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Peter Auster is an experienced dentist who takes pride in offering high-quality dentistry to his patients. He believes in patient education, which is why he wants you to know some helpful tips on how to protect your teeth during the holidays. He currently practices at Cosmetic Dentistry Associates, and he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (845) 364-0400 for any questions.
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