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May Your Smile Be Merry, And Bright

🎶 Oh, dentist-tree, oh, dentist-tree! 🎶

The holidays are quickly approaching! You know what that means? TREATS! So, bring on the gingerbread, sugar cookies, and your grandma's homemade coquito. But don’t get too crazy! 

While we love to indulge in all of the festive treats, we do have to keep in mind the effects that all of this sugary goodness can have on our teeth and gums. According to the American Dental Association, if you consume too many sugar-filled sodas, sweetened drinks, or non-nutritious snacks, you could be at risk for tooth decay. 

Think of sugar as basically a magnet for bacteria. Sugar attracts harmful bacteria that destroy the tooth's enamel, causing dreadful cavities. The bacteria feed on the sugar you eat and form dental plaque. As long as you don't follow Buddy the Elf's four main food groups of candy - candy canes, candy corn, and syrup, you should be fine! Of course, remember to brush and floss after every meal. But don't worry, at Deliz Dental Studio, we are here to offer a few tips and tricks on how to care for your teeth during the holiday season! 

Calling all sweet tooths! 

When it comes to the holidays, there seems to be no end to the sugary baked goods, eggnog, peppermint sticks, and whatever else you may find at your holiday parties! While it may be hard to avoid them completely, the most realistic way is to consume everything in moderation. Excess intake of added sugars leads to tooth decay and is also associated with other health problems. As much as we love The Grinch, we don't want our smiles looking like his! So, leave the sugary stuff for Santa Claus and try to reach for other things like nut-based cookies, dark chocolate, or dried fruit. While these still contain sugar, they are healthier options for your teeth. Also, try to avoid sticky foods like toffee and brittle as they are arguably the worst foods for your teeth due to their hard, chewy texture that can get lodged or even crack a filling! Cracked fillings = instant Grinch status, so try to steer clear to keep up the cheer (see what we did there?!) 

Your teeth are not tools.

Picture this. You are wrapping presents for the holidays for your loved ones and can't find the scissors anywhere! Your first instinct is to rip the tape and ribbon with your teeth. Stop right there. Doing this will get you right on the naughty list! Opening things with your teeth can be very damaging to your pearly whites, leading to chipped teeth or a strain on your jaw. Your teeth are delicate and are meant for chewing, not opening things! Thinking about cracking open some chestnuts by an open fire? Think again! Nuts can easily break your teeth and be very painful and harmful to your teeth, gums, and jaw. Have you ever heard of a Nutcracker!? They were invented for a reason. 

Stay hydrated! 

As we mentioned, the holidays tend to be centered around sugary foods and drinks like hot chocolate and alcohol. Drinking water and staying hydrated is the best and one of the easiest ways to help prevent cavities after consuming these treats, especially if you don't have your trusty toothbrush and floss handy. It can wash away fresh bacteria that can lead to cavities. Additionally, sugar and alcohol tend to dry out your mouth, making water essential to keep you hydrated and also helps with bad breath. We know it’s coquito season, but try to sneak in a few glasses of water between each glass; you party enamel, you! Not only will it save you from a not-so-jolly hangover in the morning, but it will also help keep your teeth and gums healthier during the holidays, a win-win! 

Santa Floss is coming to town! 

It's the most wonderful time of the year to brush and floss your teeth! Taking care of your dental hygiene should always be a top priority, but during the holidays, it's even more critical for the health of your teeth and gums. Not a sweet tooth? You should still be careful! Carbohydrates like bread, popcorn, and crackers will convert into sugar by your saliva as you munch away. Another reason to make sure you are taking care of your teeth! While it may not be as exciting as other holiday activities like caroling, buying presents, and decorating your tree, setting aside a few extra minutes each day will favor your teeth and gums and avoid any potential dental issues. Of course, make sure to brush and floss your teeth the correct way

'Tis the season for happy smiles! 

Are you due for a cleaning or looking to give the gift of a perfect smile for the holidays, like teeth whitening or Invisalign®? Look no further than Deliz Dental Studio. We take the time to get to know you and understand your concerns. We are equipped with advanced technology and highly trained dental professionals to treat you. We will always be transparent and will be sure to properly educate and inform you about the ins and outs of your teeth, all in a judgment-free and welcoming environment. We love our patients and care about giving them peace of mind, having them leave our office with a bright and confident smile. Your dental health is essential to us! Please schedule an appointment on our website or give us a call at 813-755-1800. 

Happy holidays, and may your teeth be merry and bright! 


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