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Tips for Avoiding a Super Sugary Holiday Season

added on: November 11, 2021
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Both of your Wilmington biological and holistic dentists will tell you that this year went by so quickly. We appreciate all of your partnerships with us and our continued journey towards total oral and overall wellness.

Now, we’ve found ourselves on the brink of the 2021 holiday season. The time of year when sweets and sugary treats like candies, cookies, and fudges seem to appear everywhere. Couple these with an increase in carbohydrate-rich foods that your body digests as sugar, and it could be a recipe for disaster for your teeth. However, so many foods and beverages we enjoy are steeped in holiday history, and tradition is not easily changed or completely given up on. Let’s see what we can do to protect your smile from the dangers of sugar and decay.

Don’t Let Sugar Fool You

You may or may not be surprised to learn that for years the sugar industry did its best to warp the results of dental research. They even went so far as to work closely, developing a deep relationship with the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR). Back in 1969, the NIDR downplayed issues with sugar consumption and abandoned the idea that sweets lead to cavities and decay. However, there’s much documentation that the NIDR knew that you could prevent tooth decay and deterioration by just quitting or even cutting back on sugar.

Tips to Help You Eat Healthy This Holiday Season

Don’t let unhealthy sugar ruin your holiday fun using these helpful tips courtesy of your biological and holistic dentists in Wilmington.

  1. Do-it-Yourself

Store-bought versions of favorite holiday sauces made from cranberries, apples, etc., can be loaded with unnecessary sugars. Grab your favorite blender or food processor and make your versions of the store-bought stuff at home where you’re in control of the ingredients, and more importantly, the sugar!

  1. Focus on Quality, Not Quantity

As your holistic and biological dentists in Wilmington, we won’t tell you to quit sugar altogether during the holidays, although it has many benefits for your oral and overall health. Consider purchasing some higher-end, luxurious chocolates or sweet treats so you’ll eat less and not want the cheap candy that’s everywhere this time of year. Most chocolatiers have so many options available today with alternative ingredients such as sugar-free or stevia-sweetened treats.

  1. Set Daily Limits for You and Your Family

Because the holidays bring extra opportunities for sweets and treats, it’s essential to set limits. Give yourself or your family a limit each day on how much sugar can be consumed. This helps to limit the damage these foods can cause and allows you to indulge your sweet tooth cravings and enjoy some holiday fun.

Before the year comes to a close, you’ll need to make sure you make the most of your dental benefits. Call us today at 302-239-1641 to schedule your dental cleaning or appointment. We can go through your benefits and determine what you still have available before the new year arrives.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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