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Caring for your teeth and your overall health
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By Joseph Rios

Holiday lights are in every neighborhood, Christmas music is on almost every radio station when you get into a car and holiday parties are being held every weekend. Christmas is here.

With the Christmas season sweets are at every corner. Cookies and other delicious sweets are a staple of the holiday season, and itís not easy to avoid them. However, there are ways to keep your teeth healthy during the holiday season. Here are some helpful tips, courtesy of the American Dental Association to keep your mouth and teeth fresh this holiday season.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes. It is especially important to stick to that routine during December.

Drinking water is another tip recommended by the American Dental Association. It is a good substitute for sugary drinks like soda, Gatorades and juice. Water also contains fluoride in it that keeps your teeth strong and healthy.

The holiday season can get busy with family time and buying gifts, but it is important to remember to see a dentist. This is especially true if you are due for a teeth cleaning.

Eating healthy food as a substitute for sweets isnít a bad idea. It is okay to eat holiday treats like cookies and candy canes, but it is also okay to substitute those treats with healthier options.

The American Dental Association recommends changing your tooth brush every three months. It is also important to change your toothbrush head if you become ill, or if you donít feel well. Toothbrushes can hold a lot of bacteria.

You can enjoy the holiday season and the sweets that come along with this time of year and still take care of your teeth and your mouth. Here are some fun facts about holiday sweets and traditional beverages that come with this time of year.

Fun Facts about holiday sweets:

According to Candy Cane Facts, the first candy cane was made over 350 years ago. On Dec. 26, National Candy Cane Day is celebrated in the United States. There are over 1.76 billion candy canes made each year, and around 2 billion candy canes are sold four weeks before Christmas.

Eggnog is a staple of the holiday season. There are around 122 pounds of eggnog drank each year.

Cookies were not traditionally left out for Santa until after the Great Depression. The idea behind leaving cookies out for Santa was to teach children how to be charitable during the Great Depression.

Each Christmas Eve, over 500 million homes leave out around 336,150,386 cookies worldwide.

Queen Elizabeth I had originally requested her bakers to create gingerbread cookies that reflected of visiting dignitaries to honor them.

According to one study, it was found that 38 percent of people give away their fruitcakes instead of eating them.





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