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As the holidays quickly approach, so do numerous amounts of delicious, sugary treats and desserts. As you may already know, sugar can harm the smile and create cavities, which means the holiday season could mean one or more cavities on your chompers. However, there is a way you can reduce the risk of having cavities, and that is by limiting or cutting out sugar in your recipes. To help you do so, our dentist, Dr. E. Morgan Scheiber, has some tips.

Tip No. 1: Use less sugar than your recipe calls for. Some recipes don’t quite rely solely on sugar while others do, so you might want to be careful with this trick. When you’re baking cookies, you might not want to limit the use of sugar, but if you’re baking pumpkin bread, the reduced amount of sugar won’t make too much of a difference. So, feel free to use 1/4 or 1/3 less sugar than the recipe calls for.

Tip No. 2: Use an alternative sweetener. Fortunately, there are other things you can use in your recipes than sugar. Those include pure maple syrup, agave nectar, and honey. Go ahead and try swapping out sugar with these alternatives. You never know—you might even add some great nutrients to your recipe!

Tip No. 3: Use fruit. Fruit has natural sugars that can add flavor to your recipe, so why not use them? All you need to do is bake the fruit in a tiny bit of sugar, which pulls the fruit’s natural sugars out, and add them to your batter. This can add a whole new level of flavor!

To learn more about how to save your smile this holiday season, please contact E. Morgan Scheiber & Associates at 508-746-4033. Our dental team in Plymouth, Massachusetts, is here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!