The time of year we all have been waiting for is finally here! This means that you are most likely looking forward to catching up with family, pulling out the old recipe book, and whipping up a delicious meal. However, not all holiday foods are the best for your smile. Many of them can be quite harmful. Read on to learn more from your dentist in Texas City about the best and worst foods for your smile.
Worst Foods for Your Smile
This holiday season, it would be in your best interest to go easy on the following foods:
- Eggnog: This sweet beverage is what completes the holiday season. The issue is that it has so much sugar in it, it can cause tooth decay, especially if you are sipping on it for long periods of time. If you like to spike your eggnog with brandy or bourbon, you could develop dry mouth when you have too many glasses.
- Candy Canes: These minty treats show up everywhere during this time of year but, they aren’t good for your teeth. When you eat them, you’re pretty much just enjoying pure sugar. This can cause you to develop cavities in the near future. This is definitely a candy to save for occasions.
- Chocolate: Chocolate definitely seems to make more appearances throughout the holiday season than any other time of year. Milk chocolate contains lots of sugar which increases your risk of cavities. The good news is that dark chocolate isn’t nearly as harmful because it doesn’t have as much sugar. If your mouth is watering for this treat, the darker the better!
Best Holiday Foods for Your Teeth
Not all holiday foods are harmful. Save plenty of room on your plate for these:
- Turkey: Having a turkey dinner for Christmas Eve? There is no reason to feel guilty. Turkey is non-fermentable, so it doesn’t stimulate cavity-causing bacteria responses in the mouth. It also contains phosphorus which works with calcium to keep your teeth and bones strong!
- Cheese: Before you bring out the larger courses, try starting out with a cheese board. Cheese is antibacterial and helps to lower the pH level in your mouth. Cheese is also an excellent source of calcium.
- Nuts: Don’t let your nutcracker just sit in the corner and get all dusty. Nuts contain nutrients including magnesium and iron. They supply you with a healthy dose of calcium and stimulate the saliva flow in the mouth.
During the holiday season, make sure you’re being mindful of your smile. By making wise decisions, you can start the new year cavity-free.
About the Author
Dr. John Hackbarth is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for more than four decades. He has been named a Top Dentist in the H Texas Magazine and is a Past President of the Society for Advanced Microdentistry. For more information on how to keep your smile healthy or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (409) 935-2111.