Thanksgiving and Christmas are great times to enjoy a bit more time gathered around the table, laughing and reminiscing with the people you love. But all that time feasting can certainly take a toll on one’s health, both on the body and the mouth. If you want to make it to the new year with a healthy smile, there are some things you need to keep in mind as you chow down on turkey and all the fixings, but more importantly as you hit the dessert table. While completely skipping over the pie station isn’t necessary, you do need to make smart dental choices if you want to prevent cavities, gum diseases, and other dental issues often brought on by plaque buildup.
Is Sugar Really That Bad?
In a word, “yes.” Sugar is problematic for both the waistline and your smile, but it affects your oral health because plaque bacteria feed on sugar. In turn, the plaque can cause a host of dental issues like cavities and periodontal disease.
To help prevent problems, daily oral hygiene and professional cleanings are necessary, but it is equally important that you make smart dietary choices.
- You can help prevent dental problems by limiting sugary drinks like soda, sweetened teas, and many fruit juices, which contain added sugars.
- Keep in mind that if you’re adding sweeteners to your coffee too many cups can also be problematic, both from a staining standpoint and in regards to increasing your risk for dental problems.
- Other ways you can prevent problems is by drinking water after the occasional sweet treat, whether it be a brownie or a soda.
- This can help rinse some of the sugar away in between brushings.
- Don’t forget to fill your holiday and everyday plates with plenty of fresh vegetables, lean protein, dairy, healthy fats and fruit, which all provide vital nutrients that help create strong bodies and healthy smiles!