The weather may not have gotten much cooler yet, but pumpkin spice is everywhere. Fall is here. Autumn is typically the season where sweet treats and indulgences begin to creep into everyday. Halloween is full of candy, Thanksgiving has the pie, fairs are full of cotton candy and candied apples. How do we keep our smiles healthy with so much temptation for cavity-causing sugar? Can we keep our mouths both healthy and happy? We have compiled a few tips to help the smiles of you and your families during this fall season.
Cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled on a baked apple can be a delicious and not-so-naughty treat. It can also make your home smell like delicious autumn while it is baking. There are plenty of ways to indulge in festive fall treats without fully succumbing to sticky, carbohydrate-loaded badness. Pumpkin seeds make for good, crunchy snacks. Pureed pumpkin with plenty of pumpkin spice can make for a scrumptious dessert. Even pumpkin pie spices can amp up your coffee without adding fake preservatives.
It’s always a good idea to drink water throughout the day. Not only does water keep your body hydrated, but it keeps your mouth rinsed of harmful bacteria. Water aids in saliva production, too, which is your body’s natural way to rinse away the bad. Indulging in a bad-for-you treat can be a little less bad for you when most of it is rinsed away. Leaving the bacteria in your mouth without a rinse of water can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Chewing sugarless gum throughout the day is another good way to induce saliva production. If you do get a chance to brush and floss after snacks or meals, you can decrease the bacteria that can stick around in your mouth to cause harm. Make sure to brush and floss daily especially before bed.
There are ways to keep your mouth healthy this fall. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.