How to Handle Holiday Treats

Teeth and sugar do not get along, but some candies are worse for teeth than others. How can you keep yourself and your kids healthy during the candy and dessert surge at the end of the year? Here are some tips from our dentists at the Placerville Dental Group.

If you choose and act wisely, candy need not be scary. Sweets like chocolate that dissolve quickly are best. Hard candy and caramels taste good, but are the worst for your teeth — they coat the them in sugars that stick to the enamel for a long time.

Speaking of choosing wisely, encourage limits with your child to save enamel. After having a small amount of candy, encourage your child to drink some water or have some regular food to eat.

Limit candy to be eaten at specific times, instead of grazing on candy throughout the day. So, instead of having a candy dish out at the office or at home for the family, keep candy and other sweet snacks out of sight until it’s time to enjoy some in moderation. Many families find that having a candy bank works well. Parents allow their children to make candy withdrawals, so parents can keep track of how much is being consumed.

Don’t eat candy on an empty stomach: Just as we know it’s not a good idea to go grocery shopping when hungry, it’s also a good idea not to indulge in candy when hungry. Eating a little dessert is much better than eating a lot because your body needs a meal.

Keep up your dental routine: Brush and floss daily, even through the big meal days coming up. Use fluoride toothpaste to fight cavities and tooth decay. Kids and adults should brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time.

Enjoying candy doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your dental health! Don’t skip your dental appointment, despite vacations and holidays. Need an appointment? Call our downtown dental clinic or visit our contact page to schedule a convenient visit today.


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