Keep Your Sweet Tooth Healthy This Holiday Season Posted on December 4, 2017 in General oral health Family gatherings, cookie decorating, work celebrations, friend get-togethers, school performances – calendars fill up quickly during the holiday season. When the days are jam-packed, it's easy to skip an evening brushing session or munch on sweets instead of healthy snacks. The occasional slip-up won't harm your oral health – just don't make it a habit. Here are a few ways to stay in a good oral health groove during the holidays. Try to enjoy sweets with a meal. If you're going to indulge in some sugary sweets, do it with a meal instead of as a stand-alone snack. Eating other foods stimulates saliva, which helps wash harmful sugars and acids away from teeth and gums. Stay away from between-meal snacks. If your mother ever scolded you for snacking between meals, well, she was onto something. It's not just cakes and cookies that harm teeth – snacks like chips, crackers and pretzels all contain sugars and starches that can harm teeth. If you're going to snack between meals, stick to veggies, nuts and cheeses. Drink more water, especially after enjoying sweets. Avoid cleansing your palate with sweet and sugary drinks. Water will wash away stray food particles in your mouth and keep you hydrated. Keep up good oral health habits. The holidays are usually a time of overindulgence, but don't let that keep you from maintaining good oral health habits. Remember to brush twice a day for two minutes, and don't forget to floss! Be prepared. Planning ahead will set you up for success. It's a good idea to keep a toothbrush, travel-size toothpaste and floss handy when visiting friends and family. With a few extra precautions, your smile will stay sparkling well into the new year!