Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, you are likely still surrounded by festive holiday treats. Most of the holiday classics are sweet: hot cocoa with marshmallows, eggnog, cookies for Santa, candy canes, sugar plums, fruitcake, the list goes on and on. With all of these tempting sugar bombs lying around, it can be easy to overindulge and put your smile in harm’s way. In an effort to help you keep your smile and your family’s smiles in good health over the holidays, we have a list of tips to help you balance out the sugary treats this season. Remember to check in with your dental team at Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX to get your new year started off in good smile health.
Balance and Moderation
It is no fun to completely deprive yourself of the holiday sweets. Sometimes full-on deprivation can lead to overindulgence. Instead, let yourself have the occasional treat. Just try to balance it out with some healthier options instead of going all the way into the deep end of the proverbial sugar pool. If you are drinking hot cocoa, maybe skip eating all of the cookies.
Smart, Healthy Swaps
Healthy swaps can be a good way to lessen the sugar intake over the holidays. Try out veggie sticks (raw red and green bell peppers are a nice pop of seasonal colors) and cheese cubes instead of going crazy on sweet treats. Water or unsweetened tea can accompany a meal instead of sugary soda.
Maintain Your Good Habits
One of the most important ways that you can counteract the damage potential of the holiday sweets is by maintaining your good dental habits. Keep brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once. Keep drinking plenty of water throughout the day to rinse away harmful bacteria.
Holidays are filled with sugary snacks
There is a way to enjoy the holiday treats and keep your smile healthy. To schedule a consultation with Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, call 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.