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We all love the holiday time of year, and it’s one of the most fun times of the year. Here are a few suggestions you can use to make sure your teeth are having fun too. If you have any extra questions or concerns about keeping your teeth healthy this season, be sure to phone us at 763-784-1993 to schedule your next exam so we can go over them with you in-person.

Go light on the alcohol. Many festivities are celebrated with a little bit of alcohol drinking, so if you celebrate in this fashion, be sure to go light on the alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol can dry out your saliva reserves and leave you unshielded against cavity-triggering bacterial acids.

Watch out for sticky foods. Sticky foods, though yummy, are among the worst for your teeth. When sticky foods toughen, they can be hard to get rid of from your teeth with normal brushing and flossing. If you do eat sticky foods, try drinking some water to rinse out your oral cavity afterward.

Go light on starchy foods. Starchy foods like cake, cookies, and potato chips are sure to be a hit at many holiday parties, but they might impact your teeth negatively. The carbohydrates in these foods build plaque on teeth, and when that plaque isn’t brushed away soon enough, it can grow into tartar, which will require removal by a dentist.

Blaine, Minnesota, inhabitants can arrange a visit with Dr. Michael Ling by calling 763-784-1993 and talking to the Ling Family Dentistry team.