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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?

There are some foods that you should probably avoid, such as caramel or other sticky sweets. You see, sticky foods like caramel, including chocolates filled with it, can stick to your teeth. While this may not seem too serious, increased exposure to these foods could actually leave your teeth more vulnerable to tooth decay.

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.

If you’re interested in learning more about caring for your teeth during the holidays, please don’t hesitate to contact Matthew Jelinek at 952.233.1020. Dr. Matthew Jelinek and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We’re eager to hear from you soon!