Festive Treats and Oral Health
As the holiday season draws near, we are often tempted by free flowing festive treats at work parties and family gatherings. While these treats are very tasty and it is difficult to stop at just one, it’s important to be aware of how they can affect your oral health.
Festive treats, whether they are homemade cookies and desserts or cocktails, are often full of sugar. Excess consumption of sugary food and drink can lead to tooth decay as the bacteria that cause decay feed off of sugar.
To prevent deterioration of your oral health over the holidays, here are some tips to make sure you can have your cake and eat it too:
- Avoid constant grazing or sipping of food and drink. This makes the mouth more acidic and prone to decay.
- Finish a meal off with some cheese! Cheese is great for remineralising teeth and helping neutralise the acidity of the mouth after a sugar hit. It also gives you a great excuse to help yourself to the cheese platter!
- Keep hydrated with water. This is not only beneficial for your general health but also helps with rinsing away the sugar in the mouth.
- Keep up your regular dental routine to help combat the bacteria that cause decay and periodontal disease.
It is okay to enjoy and celebrate with festive treats, but in moderation. The last thing we want is a dental problem to dampen your holiday spirits.
Interested in having some peace of mind about the status of your oral health before or during the holidays? To speak with one of our friendly staff members, please call Salamanca Dental on (03) 6288 8070, contact us here , or book online. We look forward to seeing you soon, and remember to… smile like you mean it!
The team at Salamanca Dental would like to wish everyone a happy holidays!