December in Dublin, Ohio can be many things for many people. Maybe we’ll get snow. Probably not. For us here at Haring Pediatric Dental, we are looking forward to spending great gobs of time with family, friends, and loved ones celebrating all of the winter holidays. Traditions come in all forms, and we like to celebrate them all.
One tradition we maintain is celebrating good oral health. As the holiday menus are being prepared, we also feel the need to bake cookies and have some of the usual holiday foods around. Caring for and about your teeth doesn’t mean doing away with all sweets entirely. It just means having some balance. Setting some boundaries. Establishing good patterns and good boundaries.
Did you know that there are only four ingredients needed to make a cavity? Plaque bacteria needs to be present. That’s the first. They turn carbs and sugars into acid. So the carbs or sugars that the bacteria work on then become number two. And it might be obvious to some, but a tooth also needs to be present. The tooth is three. Can you guess what the fourth ingredient is?
It’s time. Cavities take time to develop and certain kinds of candy and sugar can get stuck on teeth and in the nooks and crannies. Denying your family anything sweet is not a nice suggestion around the holidays. According to the AAPD, a more tooth-friendly sweet treat is dark chocolate, which isn’t sticky or acidic. Or good old carrots! Or nuts. Stick with the tried and true this holiday, but balance it out with some veggies. Daily brushing, of course. Daily flossing. Regular checkups. And stick with the best pediatric dentist in Dublin–Haring Pediatric Dental. Call us to set up your kids’ checkups. Happy holidays!