After going through a year’s of different festivities, there one more big Christmas dinner to end December. This holiday season, as you and your family feast on through the spread, don’t forget to keep your oral health in mind. To help you know which to avoid or to enjoy more of to keep your teeth healthy, here are some of the best and worst Christmas treats (for your teeth):
The Best Teeth Treats:
Turkey – This protein-packed treat works with calcium to produce strong teeth. Plus it has low sugar content that makes it a great choice to fill up on. If it gets stuck between your teeth, remember to floss and problem solved.
Cheese – If you’re the type to sprinkle cheese over every slice of pizza, keep doing it. Cheese is antibacterial and it lowers pH levels which lessens the eroding on your tooth enamel from acids, and helps kill bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Fresh Fruits – Strawberries, apples, carrots, celery are examples of healthy alternatives to sugary desserts. Finishing off your Christmas dinner with sugar-free gum is also another way to help keep your teeth healthy this holiday season. Chewing gum helps to increase saliva flow and wash away acids.
The Worst Teeth Treats:
Hard Candies – Candy canes, tough gingerbread cookies and similar treats that require more effort to bite and crush. There is a risk of doing damage to your tooth enamel if you accidentally bite down into them. Most of the time we tend to do it without thinking – a crack sound and the damage is done.
Sticky Candy – These types of candy are prone to get stuck in between your teeth and stay for hours, even days for some. Even if you brush regularly it is still possible for sticky candy e.g. Cadbury Choclairs, something we are all familiar with. Being difficult to wash away and getting stuck in your mouth for hours, these are a must avoid for your teeth.
Carbonated or alcoholic beverages – A Christmas meal would not be complete without drinks. Fizzy drinks whether they are diet, light or sugar-free and alcoholic beverages are high acidity. They can erode tooth enamel, making your teeth more sensitive and prone to decay. A tip for you to combat this: Add some ice to your cocktails, diluting it can help reduce its acidity. Limiting alcohol intake as well definitely helps!
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