December 5, 2008
A Holiday Survival Guide for Your
The holidays are upon us, and ‘tis the season for a bit of
togetherness (and a lot of indulgence). We don’t all celebrate
the same holidays or adhere to the same belief systems, but
there is one thing that seems to unite us all: comfort
Cold weather and sweets go hand-in-hand. What’s a good
snowball fight without a warm cup of cocoa to come home to?
Even in warmer climates, it’s difficult to dissuade dreams of
sugar plums after a good night of classic movies with your
family. So, while this "soul food" may be good for your
spirits, take a moment to think about what it’s doing to your
How Could Something So Good Be So
Sugar can wreck havoc on your pearly whites. It’s a
complicated process, but here’s the scoop. Bacteria in your
mouth use your sweets as energy, growing and multiplying faster
than they would otherwise. Some bond with the sugar to form a
sticky glue called plaque. Plaque, in turn, produces acid. The
acid dissolves the minerals that make your tooth enamel hard,
and the surface becomes porous. The acid causes these tiny
holes in the enamel to become bigger until one large hole
appears. This is a cavity.
Does This Mean No
While ideally we would never expose our teeth to sugar or
anything else that promotes tooth decay, that’s just not
realistic. All we can do is try to minimize the damage. Don’t
let your holiday routine interrupt your dental care regimen.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride
toothpaste (unless you’re a young tyke), and floss at least
If you decide to indulge in more sweets than usual, it’s a
good idea to brush more often. If you don’t have your
toothbrush on hand, rinse your mouth out with warm water.
Certain sugar-free gums can help as well. Choose those with
Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can help prevent tooth
decay. And finally, try to mix up your snacks. If you’re eating
a sugary treat, try to also eat a bit of cheese (or a similar
protein) as well.
Nothing warms a chilly night like a big smile, so be sure to
protect yours. Please do not hesitate to call us at
(212)988-8822 or email us at info@DrSimonRosenberg.com if
you have questions regarding proper dental care, or would like
to schedule a check-up or cleaning. As always, your continued
good health is our top priority.