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Seasonal treats and dental health
Updated: 12/26/2008 6:01:05 AM

Keep on top of your dental health this holiday season It can be hard to resist the temptation for just one more chocolate or candy at Christmas.

But excessive consumption of sugar may be doing more than just harm to your waistline - it can be damaging your dental health too.

Experts warn that the combination of bacteria and sugar in the mouth produces acid, potentially leading to tooth decay which may require dental treatment.

However, according to the American Dental Association, a number of simple steps can help to reduce the risk of developing poor dental health through what we eat.

Tips include maintaining a balanced diet and being disciplined when it comes to snacking between meals. If you absolutely have to snack, make sure it is nutritious and not loaded with processed sugar.

Sipping water during meal times is a good way not only to cleanse the palate but reduce food cravings - and may even overcome the desire for that little sweet treat to wrap up your meal.

And, of course, don't forget to brush properly at least twice a day and practice proper dental care.

Naturally, that doesn't mean the occasional sugary treat is entirely off limits, especially during the holiday period - it's just important to be sensible about what we eat.

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