Sweet treats are a popular way to reward employees and students, but has this “cake culture” gone too far? What is it doing to our waistlines? How is it impacting our teeth?
If you talk to a family dentist in Apex, NC—or anywhere for that matter—the advice is sure to be the same: Avoid sweet foods and beverages to protect oral health. Avoiding sugary snacks can also keep waistlines trim.
How to Resist Sweet Treats at Work or School
Just because a fellow employee or student has brought in a sweet treat, this doesn’t mean you have to head straight for it.
Keep healthy snacks on hand—Have cut up fruit and vegetables available for easy snacking so you can more easily skip sugary treats.
Limit yourself to indulging only occasionally—Make it a point to indulge once in a while, say, once a month to avoid the constant consumption of sugary foods.
Take a walk and skip the treats altogether—When the treats come out, take a walk instead. This will give you more energy than sugar will—and it will help with weight control.
Protecting Your Oral Health Despite the Cake Culture
Sometimes resistance to treats is futile, but there are things you can do to protect your teeth and gums.
Visit the dentist regularly—See your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings to keep teeth and gums healthy.
Keep a toothbrush at your desk or in your backpack—When you enjoy food between meals, keep a toothbrush handy, so you can brush your teeth and help prevent the buildup of plaque.
Call Olive Chapel Family Dentistry
If it’s time for a routine checkup and cleaning, and you are in the Apex, NC area, call family dentist Dr. Dustin Prusik to make an appointment. He can also provide you with suggestions for healthy snack alternatives. We look forward to seeing you!