How to Kep your Teeth Healthy During the Holidays

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It’s that time of year again when there are sugary baked goods and homemade food everywhere you turn. This may be good for your taste buds but not so much for your teeth. Eating too much excess sugar can cause cavities which can lead to even more dental problems in the future. We’re here to help you and your teeth through the holidays with our holiday dental tips.

Don’t eat too much candy

Especially hard candies like candy canes and gummy candy like gumdrops. It may seem like a good idea to snack while you make a gingerbread house, but some candies aren’t good for your teeth. Hard candies can crack your teeth. It’s harder for your teeth to chew and if your enamel is soft from eating excess sugar, this spells bad news. Hard candy also doesn’t wash away as easily and sticks to your teeth which the bacteria that form cavities love. Gummy candy is also not the best if you’re trying to keep your teeth healthy. The gummy candy can also stick to your teeth easier. Stick to sugar-free candies or chocolate, especially dark chocolate, that washes away from your teeth easier.

Be mindful of soda and wine

The holidays are a time when you’re more likely to indulge in food and drinks that you usually don’t have. There are also more parties and get-togethers with a variety of food and drinks. Soda can be very sugary and the acids form cavities in your teeth. Stick to water or even sparkling water if you want that extra fizz. Wine can also stain your teeth and ruin that white smile you’ve been working on all year. Try to switch to white wine for the night or only drink wine with dinner so your food can help combat the stains.

Eat more foods that are good for your teeth

All that extra sugar can have an effect on your oral health. If you’re going to a party with lots of food options, try to incorporate some oral friendly foods too. Cheese is great for teeth and kills cavity-causing¬†bacteria in your mouth, so you can indulge in that charcuterie¬†board all you want. Yogurt, almonds, and lean meats are also good for your teeth. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and brush your teeth after every meal too to help combat cavities.

About the author: Inigo is a guest contributor from Daniel J. Derksen, DDS, PLLC, a dentist in Lansing, Michigan that specializes in general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.