Christmas Sweets Dental Survival Guide
Christmas is full of sweet things. Cakes, cookies, bread, and candy fill stockings and tables. The sugar high is crazy. How can you protect your teeth during the holidays? Well, besides avoiding Christmas sweets altogether, there are other steps you can take to guard your teeth during this wonderful time of year. We’re going to review the most common types of candies and how they rate concerning tooth safety.
Chocolate is a great choice for sweets because it washes off your teeth easier than other types of goodies. Dark chocolate doesn’t have as much sugar as milk chocolate, which makes it a better choice. Just remember to swish your mouth out afterward to get the chocolate off your teeth. That’s one reason milk goes so well with chocolate.
Beware of sticky or gummy candies which can stay on your teeth longer than other sweets. It’s hard to brush these off, and they can hide in your teeth and cause bacteria to grow. Keep your teeth safe, and pass on sticky or gummy candies.
Hard candy is troublesome because it can break your teeth if you’re not careful. Rather than chomping down on hard candy, suck on it and enjoy it slowly. Remember that since the hard candy will be in your mouth longer, sugar and bacteria will be mixed in with your saliva too. You will be giving that bacteria a lot of time to gather on your teeth.
Who doesn’t love popcorn balls? The popcorn can get stuck between your teeth, so make sure that you floss well after eating. This sugary snack is also sticky, so be sure to brush well after enjoying it.
Sour candy can be as bad a choice of a treat as gummy or sticky candy. They are full of acid and are sugar-coated, so the acid can break down the outer coating of your teeth making them vulnerable to bacteria and decay.
Ah, chocolate covered cherries! Gooey candy sticks to your teeth, and you will need to rinse your mouth out several times to maintain tooth health. Choose these candies sparingly.
Have a Happy Holiday
This year keep the floss and toothbrush handy at all times, and you’ll be able to enjoy your treats while maintaining good tooth health. These candies are wonderful, but they can hurt your teeth if you aren’t careful, so brush and floss often.