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The holidays are a wonderful time of year filled with family, friends, and lots and lots of sugary treats. While these treats may taste good, they can be harmful and damaging to your teeth and gums. So what can you do to keep your mouth healthy during the holidays?

First, you should be choosy about the foods that you eat. For example, hard candies or chocolates filled with caramel are likely to spend more time on your enamel. Avoiding these types of sticky treats will help your teeth suffer less in between brushings.

Sweets in moderation are probably fine, but the longer you expose your teeth to sugar, the more damage can occur. It may also be a good idea to keep a toothbrush with you. This way you can brush right after eating those yummy holiday sweets. Just remember that if you drink highly acidic foods and beverages you should wait a half hour before brushing since your enamel could be softened.

Lastly, remember to drink lots of water. This will help rinse away food residue that stays on your teeth. Also, staying hydrated helps to keep your mouth’s bacteria in balance. Don’t forget to keep to your oral hygiene routine, and never skip brushing or flossing.

To learn more about the care you can receive from your team, or to learn more about how you can keep your teeth healthy even during the holidays, please give Algiers Dental Associates a call at 504-361-3277. We’ll be happy to offer you any personalized advice you need. We’re excited to receive your call.