With the holidays just around the corner, that means one thing — lots of sweets. Okay, it definitely means more than one thing. For many, the holidays also represent a time to enjoy some relaxation with loved ones, open presents, and catch up. But you have to admit that it also means you’ll be eating a lot of sweets.

After all, how could you pass up your mom’s famous sugar cookies, the apple pie recipe that your sister insists is the best she’s ever found, or your aunt’s classic peanut butter balls that have been a family staple for decades? At Summit Family Dentistry, we don’t think that you should have to.

“Wait a second…a dentist is telling me to eat more candy over the holidays?” Allow us to explain.

A Bit of Advice From Your Local Dentist

Let’s get one thing out of the way really quick. We’re not suggesting that you go overboard with the sweets. That would just be irresponsible!

The truth, however, is that a bit of candy from time to time won’t hurt you — as long as you’re taking care of your teeth, that is! You see, at the end of the day, our goal is to help you achieve your best smile. That’s why you’ll find that preventative dentistry is among the services that we offer. We believe that comprehensive periodic exams coupled with regular dental cleanings is the way to go for the vast majority of our patients.

In other words, you’re free to enjoy the foods that put a smile on your face as long as you brush, floss, and visit us every six months or so.

How to Handle Sweets During the Holidays

What does your Christmas tradition look like? Although the details are different for people, the reality is that no matter what, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll be consuming at least a few pieces of candy. Many holiday traditions include favorites like pecan pie, peppermint bark, gingerbread houses, eggnog pudding, fudge truffles, peanut brittle, cinnamon rolls, chocolate cookies, and more. To put it another way, there are about a million different favorites for people to have.

Unfortunately, some people don’t want to partake in sweets for one reason or another. Whether it’s for fear of getting a cavity or just not wanting to gain weight over the holidays, many people out there will do their best to simply not partake.

Allow us to throw another popular idea out there: all things in moderation. This is a good phrase to live by at all times of the year, but it’s particularly relevant for the days and weeks ahead. It’s also our advice for how we think the average person should approach sweets during the holidays. Enjoy the items you want to enjoy, but don’t go overboard.

Don’t Forget to Brush!

With that out of the way, we’d also like to remind you that it’s important to stay on top of brushing and flossing. This is a habit that can fall by the wayside when you have so much other stuff going on, but it’s important to keep in mind nonetheless.

It’s probably something that you’ve read on our website before, but it bears repeating: wait at least a half hour after eating or drinking anything to brush or floss. Why is that, you ask? Good question. The answer is that many foods can weaken the enamel on your teeth. If you brush while your teeth are in this state, you can actually end up literally brushing away your enamel, and that’s something you don’t want to happen for obvious reasons.

In fact, according to the folks at the Mayo Clinic, “Repeated attacks can break down tooth enamel and lead to cavities.” They also note that “plaque that isn’t removed can also harden into tartar, making it harder to keep teeth clean.” In other words, you don’t want to lose your enamel, so take care to brush at the right time.

Other Things You Can Do

In addition to brushing, you should also be flossing at least once a day (if not more). After all, the last thing you want is to have a sugary piece of cookie lodged in between your teeth, doing double damage!

The other thing that people can do to help minimize the risk of damage to their teeth is to drink lots of water. It’s something that people often forget about, but simply drinking water after eating a sugary snack can make quite a bit of a difference.

Schedule a Visit Today

If you are in Denver, NC or the surrounding area and you’re searching for a “dentist near me” who can give you the checkup that your teeth need after the holidays, look no further! At Summit Family Dentistry, there’s nothing we love more than providing our patients with top-of-the-line care.

Helping You Achieve Your Best SmileAt the end of the day, your comfort is our highest priority. We know that going to the dentist can be a frightening experience for some, but you can count on us to do our part to put a smile on your face. Will you always laugh at our bad jokes and puns? Perhaps not, but we sure hope they’ll put you at ease!

And speaking of putting you at ease, did you know that Dr. Andy earned multiple awards for esthetics and implants while he was in school? He also completed an additional year of training at the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the NC Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Fayetteville. In other words, he is committed to taking great care of his patients, completing over 100 hours of CE each year, and with his eyes set on earning his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry before long.

If it’s time for you to schedule a checkup, don’t hesitate to contact us today to set up an appointment. No matter the situation, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. Reach out to us today. We look forward to hearing from you!