It’s hard to resist snacking all day long during the holiday season! With the abundance of tasty treats to choose from, who can say no? However, you still want to make smart choices during this season that protect your oral health. We’re sharing a few tips for you to keep in mind so you can enjoy holiday snacking without affecting your smile.
- Rinse your mouth between snacks.
The problem with all-day snacking is that the food particles cling to your teeth over a longer period of time. This can increase your risk for cavities, tooth decay, and other oral health issues. So, make it a regular habit to rinse out your mouth with water while snacking.
- Focus on healthier options.
Make sure you balance out unhealthy snack options like sweets, crackers, or chips, with healthier alternatives. Raw vegetables, fruit, cheese, and nuts are all excellent for your teeth. They have nutrients that strengthen your teeth and gums and keep your smile healthy.
- Limit sugary treats.
As tempting as it is to indulge in sugary snack options, it can be very harmful to your oral health. When sugar combines with the saliva and bacteria in your mouth, it creates plaque on your tooth enamel.
- Don’t skip your oral health routine.
Even during the holiday season, your oral health shouldn’t take a break too. Make sure your brush twice a day and floss at least once. In fact, consider flossing between snacking! It’s a great way to keep food particles off your teeth. Just make sure you rinse your mouth after.
- Try not to graze all day long.
Not giving your teeth a break from snacks is bad for your oral health. If you are having a hard time limiting yourself, consider brushing your teeth. Just make sure you wait a half hour after you’ve last eaten otherwise you risk damaging your tooth enamel. Also, chewing sugar-free gum sweetened with xylitol can help you cut down.
Wondering how your holiday snacking habits have impacted your smile? Go a step further to protect your oral health by scheduling a checkup! Call Cedar Dental Group today at 425-970-8115 in Renton or 253-563-0315 in Kent. Or schedule online for an appointment.