Ah, the holiday season is here again. You are likely drowning in a sea of candy, eggnog, turkey, and cakes. So, what about your dental health? Anything you eat or drink at this time of the year, and it is likely you are eating more than usual, will affect your teeth. Sadly for you, sugary and acidic foods and beverages can damage your teeth and lead to dental problems. However, don’t worry, as there are some tips you can follow to preserve your dental health and at the same time enjoy the holidays to the fullest:
- Generally, candy is bad for your teeth but the worst is hard candy. If you mis-bite, you might chip or crack a tooth. It is best to go without hard candy but if you can resist, let it dissolve rather than biting on it. Also, make sure you brush after you eat any candy.
- Steer clear of soda this holiday season. Loaded with sugar, soda can destroy the enamel on your teeth, especially when you drink it right out of the bottle or from a glass. You can use a straw to overcome this, but it is better to avoid soda altogether. Go for fizzy water if you can’t resist.
- Eat more of turkey than any other food. Though there is likely to be a spread, most of the items aren’t going to be great for your teeth, what with the mashed potatoes and thick gravies. Turkey is one item that actually causes no harm to your teeth. Rather, it contains protein and phosphorus, both of which boost your overall dental health, making your teeth stronger.
- Find alternatives to sugary treats for filling up the stockings. You can go for sugar-free gum or dark chocolate. Also, keep snacks to a minimum and if you want to eat between meals, stick to vegetables and fruits, and perhaps dried fruits.
These are a few ways you can preserve your dental health during the holidays.