Much like Thanksgiving, the winter holiday season is a time for celebration and lots of delicious foods! Most importantly, it’s a time for smiles. Family events and holiday parties usually involve platters of cookies, candies, and other sweet desserts to enjoy. Although it can be normal to indulge your sweet tooth minimally, make sure to continue to brush and floss after consumption. It’s important to keep your smile healthy during the holiday as you’re surrounded by the tasty treats that may not be so good for your teeth!
Sweet treats are known to be trouble! Sugary foods or drinks cause the bacteria in your mouth to turn the sugar into acid. The acid produced is detrimental to your oral health, as it destroys the enamel on your teeth. This can lead to tooth decay, and other dental health problems like gum disease. It is especially harmful to snack on sweets for an extended period of time without brushing and flossing because the acid will continue to damage tooth enamel.
Here are a few foods to avoid in order to get through the holidays with healthy teeth:
Candies: Candy is well-known for having a high sugar content and harmful affects on teeth. Chewy candies are especially harmful as they can easily get stuck in hard-to-reach areas.
Sodas: Carbonated drinks are full of sugar and are highly acidic, leading to many oral health problems.
Biscuits, cakes, puddings, cookies: Minimize the amount of sweets you have this holiday because they are typically loaded with sugar!
Processed cereals: Try to stay away from processed cereals and lean more towards eggs or other less sugary breakfast alternatives to avoid tooth decay.
On the bright side, there are also several tooth-friendly foods that are around in abundance during the holiday:
Gingerbread cookies: Gingerbread cookies can be a better option than other baked goods because they typically contain less sugar and are low-fat.
Cheese: Dairy products such as cheese are rich in calcium, protein, and vitamin D, which promote healthy teeth. It also helps balance the PH in your mouth and prevent acid from causing further damage to tooth enamel.
Nuts: Nuts contain several vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin E, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B9, which all positively help the immune system. Nuts are also rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, which are said to lower blood pressure and reduce risks of heart disease.
Vegetables: Vegetables are good for your overall health and teeth.Vegetables such as carrots, which contain vitamin A, help strengthen tooth enamel.
Cranberries: Cranberries make a tasty snack and are good for your teeth. Not only do they help prevent plaque formation, but also they keep oral thrush away!
Turkey: Turkey is full of protein and phosphorous, which helps keep teeth strong and healthy.
The holidays can be hard on your teeth if you’re not careful! With all the sweet treats, it is important to maintain good oral health habits and steer clear of sugary foods or drinks. Also, stay hydrated! Water helps wash away the acid-producing bacteria and lessens your risk of tooth decay. Don’t forget, a healthy smile is dependent on a healthy diet!
Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment and consultation.
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