Protect Your Teeth on National Doughnut Day
During your morning commute, you probably stop for a quick cup of coffee. Today, you might add a doughnut because it’s National Doughnut Day! Unfortunately, this breakfast can lengthen the amount of time you spend in a dental chair. While it’s okay to enjoy a doughnut in moderation, we don’t recommend indulging in a dozen on your own.
The sugars in doughnuts are a risk factor for gum inflammation and cavities.
Lessen Your Sugar
- First, don’t sip your coffee or pick at the doughnut all morning. Limit the time your coffee and doughnut stay in your mouth to reduce the impact of the sugar.
- Second, rinse your mouth out with water after your work breakfast
- Third, cut back on the sugar and sweetened creamers in your coffee
- Finally, don’t eat a sugary breakfast. Swap it out for banana, boiled eggs or sugar-free oatmeal.
Eat Smart on National Doughnut Day
Let’s face it, we all eat too much sugar. Look for foods that are low in calories, high in water and fiber and full of protein. Not a big doughnut fan? Then consider these healthy snacks:
- Crispy fruits
Take Care of Your Smile
Every dentist will tell you that brushing is an important part of your dental care. To have a healthy mouth and smile, the American Dental Association recommends:
- First and foremost, brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush.
- Second, replace your toothbrush every three or four months.
- Third, make sure to use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
Talk to your local dentist about what types of dental products you should be using. If you see the ADA Seal, that tells the product has met their criteria for safety and effectiveness.