It’s that time of the year again. The holidays are officially upon us. Along with fun, family, and friends, the holidays typically bring with them some of the most damaging foods for oral health. Maintaining a thorough oral hygiene routine is essential year round, but extra sugary or high carb foods in holiday diets, make caring for teeth even more important. Like most sweet things in life, holiday candies, cakes, and cookies are best enjoyed in moderation, but there are some sweet treats that are more vicious than others. This holiday season, the dentist and team at Arkansas River Valley Dentistry encourage you to make good dietary choices for your dental health. Contact us today to find out more about maintaining optimal oral hygiene during the holidays.
Worst Holiday Treats for Your Teeth
When it comes time to choose your holiday treats, here are a few you can avoid to protect your smile:
- Hard candy – Because hard candies typically stay in the mouth longer, the sugar and bacteria have more time to form acidic plaque that damages teeth. Additionally, biting into hard candies can lead to chips and cracks in tooth enamel.
- Gummy or sticky foods – Some treats that seem like they should be good for you like dried fruit can actually be detrimental to oral health. Chewy treats like gummy bears, raisins, and taffy are more likely to stick between teeth allowing sugar to sit on the surface long after the candy is gone.
- Caramel – It’s hard to find a desert that doesn’t include a layer of decadent caramel, but this sweet favorite packs a one two bunch of sticky sugary dental danger. Caramel is almost pure sugar, and in the sticky, caramelized form, it can cause dental disaster when it sticks between teeth.
- Sodas and juices – Carbonated, sugary, and acidic drinks add to the already damaging dietary lineup during the holidays. Even though people typically don’t allow drinks to sit in their mouth for long, sipping damaging drinks over the course of an evening takes a toll.
Make a Swap for Your Smile Health
- Drink more water – Pick up a glass of water after you enjoy sweets to help wash away food particles and keep your mouth clean. Water is also a great alternative to sugary, acidic sodas and juices.
- Choose sugar free sweets – Chewing sugar free gum, eating sugar free candy, and enjoying less sweet holiday treats like popcorn is a great way to keep your smile happy long after the holiday season.
- Eat more chocolate – Surprisingly, chocolate is one of the least offensive treats for teeth. Dark chocolates especially offer calcium and antioxidants, and the quickly dissolved treat rarely sticks to teeth. Unfortunately, adding caramel, toffee, and other candies to the chocolate makes them less favorable for dental health.
Find Out More – Call Arkansas River Valley Dentistry
To find out more about caring for your smile during the holidays and year round, call Arkansas River Valley Dentistry today. We can’t wait to see you smile!