How to Avoid Cavities during the Holiday Season
November 19, 2018Whoever thinks about how to avoid cavities during the holidays? Oh sure, you’re brushing and flossing but, oh...those seasonal treats! Who thinks about maintain a healthy mouth? Your Huron dentist, that’s who!
The holidays are nearly here, and with them come a variety of delights that you’ve been anticipating all year. Your taste buds are going crazy in anticipation. In the meantime, your teeth and gums are hiding in the dark, waiting for the disaster.
The holidays are a great time to give your pearly whites a little extra attention and avoid cavities. We know you’re busy; so we’ll keep the tips list short:
- Two by Two – The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests brushing two times a day for two minutes. Your Huron dentist knows this one simple habit can make a big difference over time.
- Say NO to hard candy – Avoid cavities by avoiding hard candy and other sweets that might stay in the mouth for a long time. The quantity and the amount of time sugary foods and sweets stay in the mouth plays a major role in tooth decay.
- Set limits on sticky – It’s the most wonderful time of the year for caramels, fudge, peppermint bark, etc. Just remember, stickier candies take longer to get washed away by saliva and can increase the risk for tooth decay. Additionally, sticky candies and desserts can loosen or remove fillings, crowns and other dental work. Take these sweet treats in moderation!
- Drink water, water, and more water to avoid cavities – When teeth are in constant contact with beverages that contain sugar, there is an increased risk of tooth decay. Balance things out by drinking water in between drinking sugary beverages. If bottled water is an option, make sure to choose the fluoridated kind.
- Teeth are for chewing – Giving and receiving gifts at this time of year is the greatest. Some people get so caught up in the excitement of wrapping and opening items that they use their teeth to remove tags, cut ribbons and even open bottles! Teeth aren’t scissors or bottle openers – don’t set the stage for chips and breaks! If you do find yourself with a chipped tooth, check our blog about chipped teeth for some tips!
- Visit a Huron dentist – Schedule a checkup appointment with the dentist. It’s important to maintain regular and routine preventive dental care during the holidays and throughout the year because a regular dental exam can bring attention to issues that aren’t noticeable or painful in the early stages. Your Huron dentist can spot early warning signs in the mouth that may indicate disease elsewhere in the body.
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Hope your Thanksgiving is loads of fun.
If you are in the Huron area and have any questions about how to avoid cavities, ways to improve oral health or to arrange an appointment, please call or visit the friendly professionals at Dakota Family Dentistry. Call us at 605-352-6999.
Last Modified: 11/19/2018 5:06:01 pm MST