With the holiday season upon us, there will be a lot of good food to enjoy. Our Liverpool, NY dentistry practice definitely doesn’t want you to miss out on all the yummy meals, however you do need to be cognizant of what you eat and how it affects your teeth! We put together a guide to navigating what food to indulge in over the holidays and which foods and drinks to steer clear of or have in moderation.
Over the holidays we attend an abundance of parties and get together where every type of food imaginable is served. However, it is important to know the types of holiday foods that can do damage to your teeth. Hard, chewy and crunchy foods should be eaten in moderation and with care as they can break or crack your teeth. Some common holiday treats to be careful with or avoid eating include peppermint bark, toffee, candied nuts, peanut brittle and candy canes.
Other foods & snacks can raise your risk of cavities and tooth decay as they contain excess amounts of sugar or acid. Some of these foods include:
We wrote a blog last year all about foods and drinks that stain your teeth. You can view the full blog here. But just as a reminder, the following can discolor your teeth:
While there are many foods to avoid during the holidays, there are still lots of foods that are really good for your teeth and can help boost enamel and strength. A few teeth-friendly foods you can enjoy over the holidays include:
Around the holidays, we tend to eat less healthy than we should. Therefore, maintaining good oral hygiene is especially important at this time of the year. Although we highly recommend that you clean your teeth in between each meal, be sure to brush and floss at least twice a day. If you know you will be away from home for an extended period of time, carry your toothbrush and toothpaste with you so you can brush your teeth after eating.
If you have further questions about foods to enjoy and avoid during the holidays, or are looking for a dentist in Liverpool, NY or the surrounding areas, give us a call today. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, please contact us today.
If you have questions regarding the recipes above, or to learn more about healthy foods to eat that won’t cause damage to your teeth, contact us today, and our friendly team will be happy to help. To schedule an appointment for you or your child, give us a call. Have a happy summer!