These Foods May be Yummy, but They’ll Wreak Havoc on Your Teeth!
The holidays are a wonderful time of the year, and that’s why so many people look so forward to these last couple months of each calendar year. It’s a time for families to gather, friends to celebrate and you know there’s always plenty of food to go around. From cookie swaps and dinner parties to full family dinners and holiday celebrations, the foods you eat during the holiday season could potentially wreak havoc on your general oral health.
While many of the holiday foods that are bad for your teeth are bad any other time of the year, too, during the holiday season these types of foods seem to be consumed in excess, which can cause major threats to your dental health. This holiday season, try to keep these “bad” foods in mind and remember to take care of your teeth during this time for better future oral health overall!
Candy Canes & Holiday Sweets
It’s no secret that sweets can cause problems for your teeth, but during the holidays, candy canes and similar sweet items are everywhere you go, making them difficult to avoid! Just remember, when you reach for that candy cane, that the sugar they are made from can take a long time to dissolve in your mouth. That gives those harmful sugars more time to damage the enamel on your teeth, cause plaque buildup and potentially cause cavities.
Starchy foods have a tendency to cling to your teeth, which means the saliva your mouth produces has a hard time dissolving the complex carbohydrates. And when foods are left lingering on your teeth, they typically lead to bacteria buildup that causes cavities. Because potatoes are so starchy, even in their most delicious mashed form, you should think twice before piling them high on your dinner plate if you want to protect your teeth.
A classic holiday favorite, eggnog is one of those delicious treats that only comes out this time of the year. But truth is, eggnog is full of fats and sugars that can be awful for your teeth. The same as with candy canes, the sugars in eggnog can stick around for a while after you drink it, leading to tooth decay or cavity formation.
Many people love to sip on wine and other alcoholic beverages throughout the holiday season – and most already know that some alcoholic drinks can stain your teeth. But it goes beyond that. Alcohol is an acid on your teeth, and mixed drinks are often made with sweet, sugary mixers that can be a poor combination for your oral health. It’s best to avoid alcoholic beverages, but if you just can’t help yourself, make sure you swish around some water after every sip of alcohol you consume.
While it may be a challenge to avoid these holiday-favorite foods all together, remember that it’s for the benefit of your teeth to at least limit your consumption. If you must indulge, make sure you brush your teeth shortly after and always keep water nearby to rinse out your mouth.
From all of us here at Robbie Smith, we wish you and yours a very happy holiday season!