Published: 12/16/2016

This year, during the holidays, it is important to make sure you and your family focus on practicing healthy eating habits. While it is tempting to indulge in everything sweet and decadent during this time of year, it is a much better idea to continue following a healthy eating schedule and an exercise routine. Just as healthy eating is beneficial to your body’s fitness, it is also important to your oral health. Dr. Steven N. Rice, a periodontist in Rockville, MD, recommends continuing your healthy eating habits throughout the holidays so your teeth, gums and mouth can benefit from this type of lifestyle. Here are some easy ways to stay on track.

Go Easy on the Sugar

First, try to avoid eating too much sugar this year. While it may be hard to skip all of the dessert offerings from your friends and family, eat sweets in moderation; it is much better for your body and teeth. If you still crave something sweet after your first piece of pie, try a piece of fruit, like an orange or an apple.

Avoid Sticky Treats

One of the worst things for your teeth to chew at the holidays is a sticky, gooey treat. Steer clear of chewy candies or desserts that can get stuck in between the crevices of your teeth. You can avoid these foods and help keep your teeth and gums be in top condition.

Choose a Well-Balanced Plate

Lastly, aim to choose nutritious foods for a well-balanced plate at holiday dinners and parties. If there are plenty of food offerings, be sure to focus on the foods that give you the most nutritional benefits, such as whole grains, vegetables, lean proteins and fresh fruits. Additionally, only eat if you are hungry so you do not end up stuffing yourself unnecessarily.

You can survive this holiday season without sacrificing your commitment to healthy eating. If you need more tips to help keep your teeth and gums in top condition, contact Dr. Rice today to schedule an appointment.

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