It’s the busiest time of the year, but don’t let your oral health fall behind. Aside from worrying about your waistline and other health concerns that can come to mind every holiday, it’s also important to remember your teeth if you want to avoid post-holiday cavities and toothaches.
Your dental professionals here at Simply Smiles Dental would like to remind you not to eat too much sugary treats during the holiday season and give you some friendly tips that would greatly benefit your precious teeth and overall health.
The Best and the Worst Holiday Foods for your Teeth
Cheese – it has high calcium content, known to strengthen your jawbones and teeth. It can also make your mouth less susceptible to bacteria and plaque due to its antibacterial properties and low pH levels.
Vegetables – chewing raw vegetables such as fibrous celery produces a lot of saliva to help wash away bacteria and act like nature’s toothbrushes as they help clean between teeth.
Nuts – with its calcium and mineral content, nuts strengthen and remineralise teeth. Chewing them also promotes increased salivary flow, which combats germs and inhibits decay.
Fresh Pears – this crunchy and juicy fruit has been shown to neutralise acid on the teeth surface.
Yogurt – it contains calcium and phosphates, which fortifies and remineralise teeth.
Candy canes – the red and white stripes are made of one hundred per cent sugar. Sucking on them exposes you to sugar and increases your risk of cavities, and crunching on them may cause tooth fractures.
Popcorn – popcorn kernels often are struck in your teeth and gum line. While popcorn is very tasty, it can damage your teeth. If the debris is not flossed out, it can cause bacteria build-up and even cavities.
Dried Fruits – the sticky textures of dried fruits not only contain sugars; they also often stick to teeth. As a result, your teeth are more exposed to sugars and are more susceptible to plaque and decay.
Tips to Stay Cavity-free this Holiday Season
Here are some simple tips you can add to your holiday routine, without neglecting your oral health and dental care.
- Balance out your sugary foods and drinks with other meals.
- Skip sticky foods and choose items that dissolve quickly to limit their contact with your tooth enamel.
- Brush and floss your teeth after snacking. Make sure to wait 30 minutes after consuming acidic foods or beverages to avoid damaging the enamel.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially after eating sweet foods.
- Don’t skip your dental visits. Visiting your dentist before the year ends is a great way to ensure good oral health during holidays.
Protect your Holiday Smile with your Toorak Dentist
By keeping these tips in mind, you can most likely avoid unplanned visit to a dental clinic. December is the perfect time to make the most of your dental benefits so visit your Toorak dentist today to protect your holiday smile and enjoy the greatest time of the year without experiencing any pain in your mouth. Remember, having healthy teeth lets you enjoy the foods you want to indulge, anytime and anywhere, so don’t forget them in your routine this holiday season. Warm wishes for the holiday season from your dental partners at Simply Smiles Dental!
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