'Tis the season for special things. Wouldn't the holidays feel empty if there were no parties, presents, and treats which are unusually tastier this time of the year? Most people celebrate the holidays traditionally with a feast of home-cooked meals while family members gather around and make up for time spent apart. It seems like the perfect time for indulging. Children can't get enough of Christmas sweets and adults are served with all kinds of food in a number of parties. If you're not careful with your dental health, the "most wonderful time of the year" may not be so great for your teeth after all.
We know that sugar can damaging to your teeth and gums, and while the danger is more likely to affect children because of their love for sweet treats, adults are not spared of this either. Many baked goodies contains sugar that are way above the healthy level.
Sugar is a killer for your teeth and gums as well. It feeds the bacteria, activating them, and making them multiply exponentially if you don't exercise correct dental hygiene.
Yuletide Candy Culprits
Candies and chocolates are most popular during the Christmas season. They are even used as ornaments on a tree and giveaways during parties. However, its consumption during the holidays may take its toll on your teeth and gums.
Candy canes are the first thing that comes up to your mind when talking about Christmas candies. They are too pretty to ignore especially if they're hung on your Christmas tree and displayed in your candy jars. The green, red, and white stripes are attractive as they are sweet. No wonder why kids love them.
The bad news is, candy canes are 100% sugar with coloring, so you won't get anything other than that.
Chewy caramel candies sweep away your sweet spot and it's pretty easy to get tempted with them. Various candies with a soft, chewy core can make you and your kids go crazy with each yummy bite. The thing with chewy candies is that they stick to your teeth easily especially in the hard to reach corners and in-between. This is a bad thing because it won't be easy for you to clean them up. Sometimes, you think you have brushed enough to wash away all the candy particles not knowing that there are still some left somewhere in the contours of your mouth and teeth.
The longer the sugar sticks to your teeth, the better opportunity the bacteria has to multiply and start to decay.
Hard CandiesHard candies are just as damaging as the chewy ones. Chewy candies may be sticky and can cling onto the teeth surface but hard candies can linger in your mouth long enough for the bacteria to feed on the sugar content. Because they are hard to melt and tend to stay longer in your mouth, hard candies can propel the production and thicken the plaque in your teeth which could start the early onset of tooth decay.
Candies are always a bad option at any time of the year, but that doesn't mean you need to get rid of sugar altogether. You can still have your dose of sweetness through fruits which are more packed with vitamins and nutrients that are useful for your body rather than just plain sugar. Of course, you still need to brush your teeth well every day regardless of what you're eating.
The holidays are meant for us to be merry, but let us not forget about what is healthy and good. Take care of your teeth and remember that the holidays are best celebrated when you are comfortable about your overall health. Set an appointment with your dentist after the Christmas season to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy and good to go for another year.