During this holiday time of year, some of us enjoy special time with friends and family consuming special meals and enjoying lots of treats. However, this increased consumption time can have a negative effect on your health, and if you’re not watchful, all that extra snacking can result in cavities or periodontal disease. With a little bit of careful timing, you can decrease your odds of getting cavities and gum disease.

Have you heard that saliva production grows when you consume your meals? This additional spit protects the teeth by washing out leftover foods from between the teeth. If you were to consume the brunt of your treats close to your meal times, that additional saliva would help to save your teeth from the sugar in the treats. Instead of chomping away at finger foods and snacks for hours on end this New Year’s Eve, plan your snacking time around your meal-time hours to defend your teeth; your teeth will be glad that you did.

The Johnson Dentistry team in Bryan, Texas, and Dr. John A. Johnson Jr. can aid you. Phone them at 979-279-8839 now to set up your next checkup. 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!