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Do you ever feel conflicted during the holidays because you want to enjoy the available sweets but also want to protect your oral health? It is important for you to protect your oral health, but there are a few things you can do to enjoy treats during the holidays without sacrificing your oral health?

First, you should be choosy about the foods that you eat. For example, hard candies or chocolates filled with caramel are likely to spend more time on your enamel. Avoiding these types of sticky treats will help your teeth suffer less in between brushings.

Sweets in moderation are probably fine, but the longer you expose your teeth to sugar, the more damage can occur. It may also be a good idea to keep a toothbrush with you. This way you can brush right after eating those yummy holiday sweets. Just remember that if you drink highly acidic foods and beverages you should wait a half hour before brushing since your enamel could be softened.

Lastly, remember to drink lots of water. This will help rinse away food residue that stays on your teeth. Also, staying hydrated helps to keep your mouth’s bacteria in balance. Don’t forget to keep to your oral hygiene routine, and never skip brushing or flossing.

If you’re interested in learning more about caring for your teeth during the holidays, please don’t hesitate to contact Steven Rattner DDS at 301-474-8277. Dr. Steven Rattner and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We’re eager to hear from you soon!