Take Care of your Teeth and Gums over the Holidays

Your teeth and gums could pay the price if you overdo it at the Holiday buffet table. All of those goodies may have seemed like a good idea at the time. However, it’s not just your waistline that will suffer the consequences.

According to Allure Dental Center in Mountain View, even the treats that don’t seem so bad wreck havoc on your teeth and gums. Below are a few items that you may want to skip at your next Holiday Party.

Spirits

Bourbon may taste great in eggnog, but it isn’t very good for your teeth and gums. According to Dr. Suzanna Lee and Dr. Trinh Lee from Allure Dental Center in Mountain View, bourbon and other types of spirits can dry out your mouth making it the perfect home for bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease.

Candy Canes

The most well known Christmas Candy should stay on the tree. Hard candies, including candy canes are bad for your teeth and gums as they are loaded with sugar. Bite down too hard and you just may chip your teeth as well.

Citrus Fruits

Although the scale may be happy when you eat oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruits and Kiwi, your teeth, not so much. Acidic foods can erode the enamel on your teeth making them weak and sensitive. If you must indulge, try adding fruit to a meal. If you do enjoy alone rinse with water after consuming.

Coffee

Drinks that are high in caffeine can reduce your flow of saliva. Saliva helps remove sugar and food particles from your teeth and gums. If you don’t have saliva, the food and sugar will remain on your teeth leading to tooth decay.

Corn On The Cob

Corn is very nutritious, but it can also be hard to eat. Biting into the cob can crack a crown or filling or loosen a dental sealant. Corn is also hard to get out of oral appliances and can damage wires and brackets. Eat it off the cob and you will be doing your teeth and gums a favor.

Dried Fruit

A wonderful source of nutrients and fiber those holiday dried fruit plates can be bad for teeth and gums. Although dried fruit is a better snack, it is still loaded with sugar and can get stuck on the fissures and grooves in your teeth. Skip the dried fruit and munch on some fresh veggies instead.

During the Holidays watch what you eat, protect your teeth and gums and don’t forget to call us to schedule your first dental appointment for the New Year with Allure Dental Center in Mountain View.

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