Preventing Cavities During the Holidays
It seems like the holidays are all about delicious sweet treats, and plenty of them. This also sounds like a dental disaster waiting to happen. According to your favorite dentist in Shreveport LA, Dr. Ben Kacos, it is still possible to enjoy all of your favorite sweet treats without risking the health of your beautiful smile. We’ve gathered a few tips on preventing cavities during the holidays.
Just Stick to Special Treats and Family Favorites
It can feel almost impossible to get away from tempting treats and gooey goodies when the holidays arrive. Everyone has a candy dish out! Friends and family even break out their baking best with brownies, cookies and pies. Dr. Kacos suggests politely decline the goodies that you can likely get year-round, like some baked goods and store-bought goodies. Stick to just those special treats that are only available during the holidays.
Brush, Floss and Use Mouthwash Often
You know that you should ideally be brushing and flossing after each meal. This should be more of a priority for you if you’re indulging in sugary delights. Brushing your teeth after enjoying sweet treats can help reduce the plaque buildup that simply thrives on sugar. Keep the whole family cavity-free by making a rule that sweet goodies like cookies, candy and hot chocolate are only to be enjoyed if teeth will be brushed immediately after.
Oral Care on the Go
It may seem extreme but a large number of sweet treats are often consumed outside your home when you’re attending holiday parties, visiting relatives and even while doing your shopping. Carry along a small toothbrush and toothpaste so that you can pop into the restroom to brush your teeth after you’ve eaten those cookies or brownies. There are disposable tooth brushing options that are small enough to tuck into a purse. Adding in floss and travel bottles of mouthwash can keep your teeth clean when you’re on the go. According to dental implant specialist Dr. Kacos, even those with implants need to keep their mouth healthy when on the go. Gums can become inflamed and infected with poor oral hygiene.
Keep Sugar-Free Gum Around
Sugar-free gum can actually serve a number of benefits, particularly when you are looking to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Sterling Heights dentist, Dr. Fadi Farhart, adds that sugar-free gum can even offer a sweet alternative to some of those sugar-laden desserts and other options when you’re surrounded by temptation. Another benefit is that chewing sugar-free gum produces saliva. This saliva is a natural way to wash away excess bacteria in your mouth. You’ll find a number of delicious sugar-free gum choices, including some that taste just like your favorite sweet treats.
Schedule Your Checkup and Cleaning
One of the best ways to keep your teeth cavity-free during the holidays is to schedule your checkup and your professional cleaning during the holiday season. This allows your dentist to ensure that you are going into the holidays with a beautiful and healthy smile. It’s always a good idea to make sure that any potential issues are nipped in the bud prior to them becoming a serious concern that may lead you to seek out emergency dental care during the holidays. This can be problematic because many offices have reduced business hours during this time. If you do need an emergency dentist in Shreveport, Dr. Kacos offers appointments to help get you out of pain. He also offers options for sedation dentistry Shreveport patients will appreciate if anxiety about dental treatment is a concern.
Are you ready to book that professional cleaning or routine checkup? Call our dental office in Shreveport, LA, to get your appointment made.