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It is the time of year for parties. You may be heading to an office party or a gathering of family and friends. You may think that in order to keep a healthy smile, you have to bypass everything on the party tray. But there is good news, you don’t have to try to remain content watching everyone else enjoy the goodies!

 

There is nothing wrong with the occasional treat. But it will help your teeth if you make your sweet foods a part of a larger meal, which will allow your saliva to cope with the acids left in your mouth by the sugar. Even though there will be things such as popcorn, candy, and cookies within easy reach, limit what you eat in between meals. You should also limit your intake of starchy foods as well since those foods will break down into sugar, and also have a tendency to stick to your teeth. Sticky sweets also linger on the teeth, increasing your chances of tooth decay. Drink plenty of water, since it will hydrate your mouth and clean your teeth. And of course, brush at least twice a day and floss once a day.

 

If your sweet tooth is getting the better of you, opt for oatmeal or almond cookies. They are better for you than the chocolate chip variety, and often contain less sugar.  Believe it or not, you can even have pumpkin pie. They are healthier than other kinds of pies, as long as you go easy on the whipped cream.

 

So, enjoy the holiday season, but give your menu a little thought this year, and don’t forget your oral hygiene routines. If you have questions about navigating holiday food, or if it is just time for your regular cleaning and exam, you can call 303-693-7330 to make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. John Burkart at Burkart Dental in Aurora, Colorado.