Posted .

During this holiday time of year, many of us spend time with friends and family eating special meals and enjoying lots of foods. However, this increased chomping time can have a negative effect on your health, and if you’re not cautious, all that extra snacking can result in cavities or gum disease. With a little bit of cautious timing, you can decrease your odds of developing dental caries and gum disease.

Have you heard that saliva development increases when you consume your meals? This additional spit protects the teeth by cleaning out leftover foods from the teeth. If you were to consume the impact of your treats around your meal times, that additional saliva would help to save your teeth from the sugar in the treats. Instead of munching on finger foods and snacks for hours on end this New Year’s Eve, plan your eating time around your typical meal-time hours to defend your teeth; your teeth and gums will be glad that you did.

The Southwest Dental Center team in Hometown, Illinois, and Dr. Ashok Jhanji can help you. Reach them at 708-425-4545 to set up your next appointment. We’re excited to see you and your family again, and we’ll do all we can to keep your teeth healthy and shining bright! See you soon!