For many families, the holiday season is an excuse to forget about their healthy eating habits and not hold back when it comes to indulging in their favorite sweets and rich dishes. Not only is eating rich, high-calorie foods bad for your figure, but it can also be problematic to your oral health. That is why it is important to stay the course this season and focus on continuing your healthy eating habits and regular exercise. Your doctor and your periodontist in Harrisonburg, VA are both in agreement about the problems with excessive indulgences this time of year. Dr. Jeff Dickon, Dr. Steven Saunders and Dr. Victor Saunders have a few pieces of advice about how to keep your oral health a priority during the most festive time of the year.

Too Much Sugar Can Be Damaging to Your Teeth

Our periodontal care group most often reminds patients to watch their sugar intake during the holidays. With all of the sweets being offered during this time of year, it can be difficult, but it is essential to stay away from too many sweets. Not doing so could lead to an increase in cavities.

Sticky Candies and Treats Can Lead to Problems

We also recommend to our patients that sticky candy and treats should be avoided. This kind of food can be terrible for your waistline. Sticky candies can also leave behind bits of food particles in between your teeth, which can cause tooth decay.  

Skipping Your Regular Oral Health Routine Can Make Things Worse

If you do find yourself indulging here and there, make sure you continue to brush and floss your teeth as usual. We know it can be hard to stay away from all of the festive food offerings, so be sure to focus on keeping your teeth and gums clean by drinking plenty of water and dedicating a few minutes each day to your oral health.

If you want to find out more about how you can keep your gums and teeth in top condition, call our office today. Our doctors look forward to bringing your family the gift of improved oral health this year.