The holidays are one of the best times of the year. Enjoying parties and other festive celebrations can mean temptation of all the delicious treats, some of which are not so good for your smile. Dr. Reger at Reger Family Dental is dedicated to making sure that you enjoy your holiday season while protecting your smile from damage. By making smarter choices about what you eat and keeping up with your oral health routine, you can ensure that your holidays are full of joy and that you are taking care of your teeth.
Not only are sodas high in sugar but the acid in these drinks can be extremely harmful to the enamel on your teeth. This can cause your teeth to become sensitive and vulnerable to cavities, even turning them yellow over time.
A traditional holiday sweet, candy canes are one of the worst treats for your teeth. Sucking on them means longer exposure to sugar, increasing your risk of cavities. On the other hand, crunching on them can also cause them to become lodged in your teeth or even cause tooth fractures. It might be best to have a cookie to feed your sweet tooth.
This delicious drink is packed with sugar making it a dangerous choice for your teeth this holiday season. If you really need your fix, try making it yourself without adding any sugar and cutting back on the alcohol that is high in sugar. It might not taste exactly the same but in the long run, it will be much better for your teeth.
Chocolate is a popular holiday treat and some types are worse than others. Light colored chocolate usually has a lot of sugar in it and the bacteria used to break it down in the mouth causes acid to form dissolving the enamel on your teeth. If you want chocolate go for some pure dark chocolate that is mostly cocoa, it’s better for you and your teeth.
Enjoy the holidays by indulging in your favorite treats but make sure to take care of your teeth as well. If you are in need of dental care during the holiday season contact your San Antonio dentist at Reger Family Dental today!