Enjoy the food but avoid the sugar.
The holiday season is creeping in and so are the cookies, pumpkin spice cakes, and other high sugar foods and drinks. While you can enjoy the pumpkin spice flavoring and pecan treats the sugar can damage not only your smile but your body as well. The extra sugar leaves you open to decay, cavities and periodontal disease. If you are already impacted with broken or missing teeth, these foods can create even a bigger problem for you.
While you may not want to completely stay away from these foods, here are 4 tips to keeping your smile healthy during the fall season.
- Bake treats at home. This way you know exactly what is in them and you can utilize other ingredients in place of sugar.
- Consume a small amount and then make sure you brush your teeth afterwards. The sooner you brush your teeth the sooner you can get the sugar off in order to decrease the chance of decay.
- Take a bottle of water with you if you are attending an event where high sugar foods will be consumed. Water can help rinse your teeth in between eating the foods you love.
- Consume a fresh fruit dish alongside your sweet treat. The water concentration from strawberries or other fruits can help keep your smile in great shape after consuming high sugar foods.
For more information, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team.