With Candy for Halloween, pies for Thanksgiving and Eggnog for Christmas, it’s easy to lose track of the amount of sugar we eat during the Holidays. Which is why it’s extra important to practice great dental care during this time of year.
Here are a few myths (and myth busters) about Holiday diet and dental care routine.
Myth - You should stay away from Holiday sweets
Reality - Timing Matters
It’s totally ok to eat sweets and other sugary foods. Try to eat them with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.
Myth - Only candy and refined sugar can cause damage to your teeth
Reality – Be picky if it’s sticky
When it comes to picking healthy snacks, many people put dried fruit at the top of the list. But many dried fruits are sticky and tend to stay on the teeth longer than other types of food. If you find yourself eating a lot of dried fruits such as cranberries, make sure to rinse with water and brush carefully. To finish up? Try our Blood Orange and Ginger and French Golder Pear Whitening Rinse. Swoosh, swoosh!!
Myth – Alcohol cannot damage teeth
Reality – Moderation
‘Tis the season for Egg Nog and Thanksgiving Sangria! If you choose to drink, try to drink water alongside or after your drinks. Also, try our Alcohol-Free French Golder Pear Whitening Rinse. Not only will it rinse away alcohol, but it will add to that Holiday Flavor.
And remember: Too much alcohol can dry out your mouth.
Myth – All candy is equal
Reality – Not all candy is the same
Some candies are more problematic than others. Hard candies can put your teeth at risk because, in addition to being full of sugar, they’ve also been known to cause broken or chipped teeth. (Be careful not to break or chip your teeth when eating nuts as well!)
Myth – sweets are the only carbs that can damage your teeth
Reality – Watch out for Starch
Starchy foods, such as pasta and dough, are sneaky because they often get trapped in your teeth. If you choose to indulge in chips and cakes, take extra care when you floss that day to remove all the food particles that can lead to plaque build-up, brush well and rinse.
Suggestions? Our Black Currant Whitening Rinse.
Staying with great oral care routine is important every day of the year, but becomes even more so during the Holiday Season, which is filled with sweets and other yummy temptations.
Staying with great oral care routine and using proper oral care products will keep you smiling through the Holidays!!