Are Your Holiday Treats Naughty or Nice?

The Best and Worst Holiday Foods For Your Teeth

‘Tis the season to celebrate! This time of year there are countless parties and get-togethers. Every celebration will feature tasty treats and goodies. Some are great for your teeth and some may leave you needing an extra visit to the dentist in the New Year. Here are some tips on what to indulge in vs. what might be better to admire from a distance!  

The Naughty List:

  • Candy Canes

Hard candy that stays in your mouth for a long time is especially bad for your teeth.  Candy canes are 100% sugar and the sugar that goes into your mouth can form bacteria build up, which often leads to teeth problems.

  • Popcorn

Popcorn is good for your waistline, but it is not the best food for your teeth. Kernels can get stuck in between your teeth and on the gum line. Flossing regularly will help you avoid bacteria buildup that can lead to cavities. Brush your teeth often and floss daily if you choose to eat that caramel popcorn Aunt Sally gave you this year!

  • Eggnog

Eggnog is a popular holiday tradition that can be hard on oral health. It can stay on your teeth for a long period of time and is full of sugar. If you do partake, make sure to brush your teeth soon afterward and avoid damaging your teeth.

The Nice List:

  • Cheese

Cheese is packed with calcium! This holiday treat carries the most benefit for your teeth. Calcium is a key component to making your teeth healthy and strong. It also helps in lessening the effects of acid on your tooth enamel, while killing gum disease-causing bacteria. So grab another cheese cube & enjoy!

  • Vegetable Platter

This party staple is always a safe bet. Chewing on raw vegetables is great for your gums, and the fiber in vegetables will clean any residual sugars off of your teeth. Plus, packing on the veggies won’t pack on your waistline! Double win!

  • Turkey and Ham

Proteins such as turkey and ham have phosphorous. This works together with calcium to create strong teeth. Protein is also a great way to curb your appetite so you consume less sugary foods that are harmful to your enamel.

Remember, you don’t have to avoid all tasty treats completely. Like anything else, moderation is key.  After the party is over, simply remember to brush and floss. Once the holidays have passed, schedule an appointment with Dr. Stanislav or Dr. Dye and we’ll make sure your teeth stay on the nice list all year long!  

Sources:
Dater Dentistry
North Eugene Dental

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