Bad holiday treats for your teeth are unavoidable, especially if you have a hard time passing up your Grandmothers Figgy pudding. Figs are delicious, but can also stick to your teeth and gums.
It’s okay to indulge in bad holiday treats for your teeth every once in awhile, but enjoy in small doses.
Below are a few holiday goodies that are just as bad for your teeth and gums as they are for your waistline.
You may love those Werther’s Caramels that you munch on during the holidays, but those chewy bites can stay with you long after you have savored the last morsel. Gummy bears and saltwater taffy are not any better and will stick to the fissures and cracks in your molars. Even brushing is a task when you eat chewy candy. Rinse with water after you enjoy and try to brush as soon as you can.
Dr. Julie Storm from Timberview Family Dentistry explains that hard candy really is up there when it comes to bad holiday treats for your teeth. Twice as bad for your teeth as the chewy stuff, butterscotch, sour balls and those beloved candy canes will coat your teeth in a bath of sugar, and if you are in a hurry and bite on a piece of hard candy, you are running the risk of cracking or breaking a tooth. If you must, buy sugar free hard candy, and remember, don’t bite down.
Those beautiful dried fruit plates that your sister sends you every Christmas because you are watching your weight may make you feel less guilty, but those apricots, mangoes, pineapples, and dates aren’t helping your teeth. Just like sticky candy, dried fruit will stick to your teeth until you can get to a toothbrush. No amount of saliva will help the situation. Rinse with water or eat with a meal.
Cakes and Breads
Starchy foods not only stick to your teeth, but are also loaded with sugar. Add cranberries, figs, dates and any other dried fruit to the recipe and your teeth are headed for disaster. Try eating holiday cakes and breads with your meal, and if you do have a slice on its own, be sure and rinse afterwards.
This Christmas and New Year, enjoy the fruits of the season, including some of those holiday sweets that are bad for your teeth, but just make sure to watch what you eat as it’s not just your waistline that will pay the price.
Happy Holidays from Timberview Family Dental and don’t forget to schedule your annual dental checkup for 2017.