Teeth, Treats and a Happy Holiday for Both

Your teeth take you through a lot of celebration—smiling, singing, and eating your favorite treats. And while treats aren’t always the best thing for your teeth, it is fine to enjoy as occasional goodie.

Best_Dentist“It’s smart to take a look at the whole day and see where you want to plan your sugary treat,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix dental office. “The closer you can plan it to the evening, when you’ll be brushing your teeth, the less damage it will cause. And if you want a snack mid-day, you can rinse your mouth with warm water afterwards,” she adds.

There are also some other precautions you can take to make the holidays easy on your teeth:

1. Don’t bite down on hard candy. The stress can damage both your natural teeth and crowns or veneers. Hard candy is sugar that is boiled to a temperature of 300º F or higher. It forms a crystal structure that is difficult to crack by force, which means it can break enamel and veneers.

2. Don’t let sticky candy stay stuck on your teeth. Toffees, caramels and brittles are often get stickier when you chew them, and easily become stuck on your teeth,” says Dr. Ford. “Candy that stays on your teeth adds concentrated sugar to your mouth. It creates an ideal growing place for bacteria that attack your teeth and gums,” she adds.

3. Don’t brush too soon after meals. Web MD suggests that “ . . .you wait 30 to 60 minutes after each meal, which gives the acidity time to neutralize and the teeth time to remineralize,” making your teeth stronger and less like to be scratched with a brush.

“You can enjoy holiday treats and still keep your bright smile,” says Dr. Ford. “A few precautions will let that sparkling smile keep you looking youthful for a long time,” she adds.

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