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During this holiday season, a number of us enjoy time with friends and family eating special meals and enjoying snacks. However, this increased eating time can have a negative effect on your health, and if you’re not watchful, all that additional snacking can result in cavities or gum disease. With a tiny bit of cautious timing, you can drastically diminish your odds of forming dental caries and periodontal disease.

Were you aware that spit formation grows when you eat your meals? This additional saliva protects the teeth by cleaning out debris from between the teeth. If you were to consume the majority of your snacks around your meal times, that additional saliva would help to shield your teeth from the sugar in the snacks. Instead of eating finger foods and treats for hours on end this New Year’s Eve, try planning your eating time around your meal-time hours to protect your teeth; your teeth and gums will be happy that you did.

The Willis J Jensen DDS team in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and Dr. Willis Jensen can help you. Call them at 847-577-7440 now to plan 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!