Don’t Let your Sweet Dreams lead to a Dental Nightmare

christmas cookiesThe Holidays are a time to indulge in desserts that we might typically say no to during the other ten months of the year. In fact, December is filled with National Holidays devoted to some of our favorite treats:

  • National Cotton Candy Day (December 7)
  • National Brownie Day (December 8)
  • National Pastry Day (December 9)
  • National Lemon Cupcake Day (December 15)
  • National Chocolate Covered Anything Day (December 16)
  • National Maple Syrup Day (December 17)
  • National Bake Cookies Day (December 18)

No one can say no to every sweet treat, and you can believe that even the staff at Riverside Dental Arts will be enjoying our desserts this month, but there are some things to keep in mind before you slip into that sugar coma. While you may be focused on counting calories and watching how much sugar you ingest, the frequency of the sweets is actually worse than the amount! Therefore, every time you indulge keep the following tips in mind: swish with water for 30 seconds after you eat, chew sugarless gum, and brush multiple times throughout the day. Now you may be thinking that gum is just as bad as sweets. While this is sometimes true, sugarless gum actually helps protect your teeth against tooth decay. Xylitol, an ingredient found in sugar free gum, helps fight bad bacteria and increases the amount of saliva you produce. This abundance of saliva is a protectant against tooth decay. So before you hit up those holiday parties, slip a pack of your favorite sugar free gum into your clutch or pocket!

In addition to the “nightmares” our sweets can cause in our mouth, remember that your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. Your oral systemic health connects to the rest of your body and the increase in sweets can affect your blood sugar and much more. Therefore just be careful of the potential harmful results of all of these National Holidays.

Enjoy your sweet dreams this holiday season but remember you don’t want to work off a dentist bill just like you don’t want to work off those extra calories. Keep our tips in mind and you will be a great shape to ring in the New Year!

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