Your teeth and gums may not think it’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially if you indulge more than you should at those holiday parties.
According to Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena Dentists, staying away from those holiday goodies could prevent an unexpected dental visit in the New Year.
Below are a few holiday treats that you should avoid.
Candy Canes and Hard Candies
Those striped treats are best kept on the tree. Candy canes, those delicious hard butterscotch candies, and any other candy can cause problems for your teeth. You can break a filling or crack a tooth. If that isn’t bad enough, hard candy is loaded with sugar that can erode the enamel on your teeth.
Your waistline may be singing your praises, but your teeth and gums won’t be if you indulge in limes, oranges, grapefruits, lemons or Kiwi fruit. Citrus fruits should be eaten with the rest of a meal as the acid can erode teeth. If you do eat alone rinse with water.
Cakes Pies and Cookies
Those delicious treats that your grandmother sends you every year can cause problems for your teeth. Starchy foods can stick to the grooves and fissures at the backs of your teeth. Add sugar to the mix and you will have big problems, as the sugar will erode the enamel on your teeth.
That bubbly Christmas punch may look delicious. However, champagne, soda and any other type of carbonated beverage can wear away enamel. If you must enjoy follow each glass of champagne or punch with a glass of water.
This holiday season take care of your teeth and gums, and don’t forget to schedule an appointment in the New Year with Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of Pasadena Dentists.