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5 Dental Health Tips for the Holiday Sugar Season

5 dental health tips for the Sugar Season

The holiday season is coming soon, and that means one thing you can count on– a steady supply of sugary treats. From the loot of trick-or-treat bags to the allure of Thanksgiving pies and the festive array of Christmas treats, the months ahead are what we affectionately term the “sugar season.” 

Yet, amid the festivities, it’s essential to remember that this sugary surge can potentially wreak havoc on your teeth and gums if you’re not vigilant.

In this article, we delve into five invaluable dental health strategies to not only help you endure the sugar season but also emerge with a healthy mouth. Additionally, we’ll unveil some secret dental products that can prove invaluable in your quest for oral wellness amidst the sweetness.

Tip 1: Smart Sugar Season Snacking

During the sugar season, every bite you take and every snack you indulge in can either fortify or undermine your dental health. The key lies in your dietary choices . . . and how frequently you munch on certain treats.

Holiday Snacking

The 30-Minute Acid Battle 

 Your mouth is a battleground, where the forces of acidity and oral health continually clash. After EVERY meal, it takes approximately 30 minutes for your mouth to restore its acid balance. 

This is a critical piece of the puzzle because it explains why incessant snacking can be so detrimental to your dental well-being. 

When you nibble here and there, your mouth NEVER gets the chance to reset to a neutral state. Prolonged acidity, in turn, becomes an ally of cavities. 

The strategy here is simple yet profound: Eat a meal, take a pause, and grant your mouth the opportunity to regain its equilibrium before diving into the next culinary adventure.

The Perils of Sugary Drinks

While sugary treats are indeed a formidable threat during the holiday season, let’s not overlook the menace posed by sugary and acidic beverages. The likes of…

  • Soda, 
  • energy drinks, 
  • juice, 

…and even wine can be dental troublemakers. 

Here’s a savvy move: After sipping on one of these acidic delights . . . follow it up with a rinse of water. This small but impactful act initiates the process of restoring your mouth’s pH balance, an invaluable step in safeguarding your dental health.

Use Xylitol Mints and Gum

Xylitol Mints

Consider this your secret weapon against cavities: xylitol. This sugar substitute isn’t just a dental hero; it’s also a holiday season savior. Keep a stash of xylitol mints or gum at your fingertips, ready to pop into your mouth after indulging in holiday treats. 

 

Why? Because xylitol not only alkalizes your mouth, preventing decay, but it also acts as a powerful deterrent, curbing your craving for more sweet delights.

Sticky Sweets: A Stickier Situation

As you navigate the sugary labyrinth of the holidays, take heed of the stickiness factor. The stickier the sweet…

… the more prolonged its interaction with your teeth…

… and consequently, the higher the risk of tooth decay. 

Opt for treats like fruits, quick breads, and cake, which swiftly clear the mouth. In contrast, be wary of hard candy, caramel, and gummies – these cling to your teeth, making them prime candidates for dental harm.

Tip 2: Remineralization: The Secret to Strengthening Your Teeth

To thwart the damaging effects of sugar on your precious pearly whites, one key strategy in your arsenal should be remineralization. But what exactly does this process entail, and why is it your teeth’s best friend? 

Let’s delve into the fascinating world of remineralization.

Hydroxyapatite: Your Tooth's Armor

Hydroxyapatite

Picture your teeth as mighty fortresses . . . their outermost layer is a formidable defense made of a mineral complex called hydroxyapatite. This rock-solid mineral fortress is your teeth’s first line of defense against the rigors of daily use. 

Yet, it’s also this very layer that’s most vulnerable to acid assaults. When acids linger on the hydroxyapatite surface, they start dissolving the minerals, rendering your tooth susceptible to decay.

The Culprits: 

  • Acidic Foods
  • Drinks
  • Bacteria 

The culprits behind these corrosive acids are multifaceted. They can stem from acidic foods like pineapples and lemons, acidic drinks such as soda and energy drinks, or even the bacteria residing in your mouth as they feast on the sugars you consume.

The Solution: Hydroxyapatite-Packed Tooth Powder

Now, here’s the good news: you possess the power to rebuild this vital mineral layer twice daily when you embark on your tooth-brushing ritual. 

The secret ingredient to this tooth-saving ritual? 

A product infused with hydroxyapatite. My Remineralizing Tooth Powder has been meticulously crafted to infuse your teeth with essential minerals, forging a fortress of decay-resistant armor each time you brush.

This fluoride-free tooth powder harnesses the forces of nature to fortify, safeguard, and reconstruct your teeth, even in the face of the sugar season’s relentless onslaught. Let your teeth become the embodiment of resilience with every brushembrace the power of remineralization today!

Tip 2: Elevate Your Dental Defense with Remineralizing Mouthwash

Mouthwash isn’t merely a means to minty-fresh breath; it’s a formidable weapon in the battle to preserve your dental well-being. 

Introducing the second tier of protection against tooth decay: MyRemineralizing mouthwash. 

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill mouth rinse . . . it’s a game-changer in dentistry, serving as a triple-threat solution that tackles bad breath, aids in cavity prevention, and guards against gum disease.

The Unique Formula

What sets this mouthwash apart? 

It’s the only dental rinse on the market that combines the power of bad breath control, cavity healing, and gum disease prevention in a single, extraordinary formula. 

With its proprietary blend of…

  • Remineralizing hydroxyapatite
  • Potent healing herbals, and the 
  • Antimicrobial colloidal silver

…this mouthwash is your must-have oral hygiene companion.

My Remineralizing mouthwash doesn’t just freshen your breath; it forms a protective barrier on your teeth, steadfastly resisting acid attacks. Moreover, it stimulates your mouth’s built-in defense mechanism – saliva production – a natural shield against tooth decay. 

And for your gums? It’s a soothing, anti-inflammatory elixir that nurtures their health.

To maximize its efficacy, incorporate this mouthwash into your daily routine after brushing with the Remineralizing Toothpowder. Simply swish it in your mouth for 30-60 seconds. Your teeth and gums will glad that you did!

Tip 3: Elevate Your Confidence with Remineralizing Breath Spray

Amidst the flurry of social events that the sugar season unfailingly ushers in, there’s one thing that can shatter your confidence in an instant – the nagging worry about your breath. 

Enter the Remineralizing Breath Spray . . . a discreet yet potent solution that transforms your oral hygiene on the go.

The Power of Portability

Better gum health is another surprising and welcome side effect of hydroxyapatite!  

The gold standard for treating gum disease in dentistry is chlorhexidine.  Used in a rinse, it can stain teeth, tastes bad, and can be toxic to cells. 14,15,16   

The great news is that hydroxyapatite, alone (and in combination with small particles or silver in a rinse), is even more effective than the old gold standard…

…and brings all the other benefits we have already discussed!  

Hydroxyapatite in a rinse with silver can:

  • Stop bacteria from sticking to the teeth.17,18

  • Kill bacteria that lead to tooth decay and gum disease.17,19,20,21

  • Maintain healthy bacteria while improving gum and tooth health.22,23,24

This table summarizes the dental health benefits found in the current research:

This breath spray carries the same formidable formula as our renowned mouthwash, now available in a convenient, pocket-sized form. It’s your trusty sidekick, ready to provide that confidence boost you seek, while simultaneously forming a protective shield on your teeth, impervious to the acidic and sugary foes lurking in holiday treats.

A Defensive Coating, Anytime, Anywhere

With the Remineralizing Breath Spray at your side, you can keep your oral health in top-notch condition even between your regular brushings. It’s the ideal companion for maintaining freshness and confidence throughout the day, ensuring that you’re always ready to embrace those social gatherings with unwavering self-assurance. 

Tip 4: Sustain Your Dental Vigilance Amidst the Festivities

In the whirlwind of holiday festivities, it’s easy to let essential tooth and mouth care slip through the cracks. However, it’s paramount that your commitment to brushing and rinsing remains unwavering, even when the world is in full celebratory swing. 

Here’s why: Bacteria are relentless foes, staging a full-scale recolonization of your oral landscape every 90 days. A hiatus from your oral hygiene routine during the sugar-laden months could leave your teeth and gums vulnerable to a bacterial onslaught.

Strategic Placement for Success 

To ensure that your dental care doesn’t take an unplanned holiday, consider these strategic moves. 

  1. Keep your toothbrush and remineralization toothpowder prominently displayed, serving as a visual reminder of your commitment to oral health. 
  2. Transfer some toothpowder and rinse into smaller, portable containers that can be stashed in your purse or car. Don’t forget to include them in your travel toiletries, ensuring you’re armed with the tools of oral defense wherever you go.
sensitivity tooth powder three brushes

On-the-Go Defense

A crucial addition to your arsenal is the remineralization spray, a convenient companion for daily life. Carry it with you at all times and deploy it as frequently as you desire throughout the day. 

This proactive approach ensures that your oral fortifications are always at the ready, even when faced with the most tempting of holiday indulgences.

Mastering the Sugar Season for Dental Wellness

In wrapping up, the sugar season need not be a dental nightmare; instead, it can become an opportunity to celebrate while safeguarding your dental health. These five dental health tips have been meticulously crafted to empower you with the knowledge and strategies necessary for reveling in the festivities without compromising your teeth and gums. 

Always remember that consistency in your dental care regimen and making discerning dietary choices are the linchpins of success.

Moreover, to fortify your defense against the sugar season’s sweet onslaught, consider integrating remineralizing dental products like the “Remineralizing Tooth Powder,” “Remineralizing Mouthwash,” and the “Remineralizing Breath Spray” into your daily routine.

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Dr. Michelle Jorgensen DDS

Dr. Michelle Jorgensen is an author, speaker, teacher, biologic/holistic dentist, and health and wellness, provider. After practicing traditional dentistry for 10 years, Dr. Jorgensen became very sick. Through her own journey to return to health, she discovered she had mercury poisoning from drilling out mercury fillings for her patients. She was concerned that there may be other health-threatening materials or procedures in dentistry and this led her to the Biologic/Holistic Dentistry field.

For the last 15 years, she has been paving the way in Biologic/Holistic dentistry, learning from pioneers all over the world. She has created the Total Care Dental Way, a patient CARE centric, health-focused method for treating dental and overall health. Patients from around the world seek out her care and come to Total Care Dental to have their health restored.

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