The holidays are a great time of year as you surround yourself with friends and loved ones. During the festivities and events, you gather in welcoming environments to share delicious meals and yummy treats. The last things on your mind are your teeth and gums. However, if you are not careful, you can unknowingly cause damage to your smile. To help protect your oral health without compromising the enjoyment of the day, your dentist in North Dallas offers some tips for a healthy smile during the holidays.
Science Behind Your Sweet Tooth
It is estimated that the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day. That is roughly four times the recommended daily intake by the World Health Organization. However, during the holidays the amount you consume tends to increase as you are surrounded by yummy goodies.
While you may believe that self-control is the only thing influencing your ability to resist the treats, research now shows that genetics also plays an important role. It has recently been found that genetics can be responsible for differing the preferences to sweets among different people. For example, studies indicate that those with a family history of alcoholism tend to enjoy sweeter foods when compared to those that do not due to certain pathways in the brain.
With too much sugar not only linked to causing oral health issues, like tooth decay, it can also increase the risk for chronic disease, like high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.
Now, as you gather for the holidays, it is important to be more conscious about the amount of sugar you are consuming, especially if you are predisposed to having a sweet tooth due to genetics.
Protect Your Smile from Damage
Naturally, the safest option is to avoid sugar all together; however, no one is really capable of this level of self-control. Instead, it is best to choose healthier alternatives to limit your consumption. Whenever possible, choose fresh fruits or vegetables over cookies, candies, and other treats. If you need to give in to your sweet tooth, it is best to brush and floss your teeth immediately afterward. If that is not possible, rinse your mouth with water.
Enjoy a Healthy Holiday Smile
As you gather with loved ones and friends for the holidays, take the time to be proactive about your oral health. Choose healthier foods and do not forget to maintain your dental hygiene. With simple switches, you will help to promote a healthy holiday smile.
About Dr. John A. Grinaldi
For more than 20 years, Dr. John A. Grinaldi has provided outstanding dental care to the community. In addition to earning his DDS degree from the Ohio State University, he has also completed more that 500 hours of continued education to deliver high-quality dental care to his patients. With personalized solutions, he will help you reach and maintain your oral health for a beautiful smile. If you have any questions about protecting your smile from sugar, contact our office today to speak with a member of our team.