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Holiday Tooth Tips: What to Avoid If You Want to Protect Your Pearly Whites

December 23, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcaballeros @ 5:07 pm

Smiling couple during the holidaysThe holidays are a time to have fun with friends and family, but be cautious; with all the sugary treats that people indulge in around this time of year, you could easily end up needing to make an emergency appointment with the dentist in Carrollton. Read on to learn more about the festive foods you’ll need to be careful around – as well as some smile-friendly alternatives!

Be Careful Around These Holiday Treats

While many sugary foods are okay in moderation, you could be putting yourself at a higher risk for cavities and other kinds of dental damage if you’re constantly snacking on them throughout the day during the holiday season. Here are some treats that you’ll need to watch out for in particular:

  • Sticky Foods: Caramels, peanut brittle, taffy, and similarly chewy treats stick to your teeth, giving oral bacteria more time to feed on the sugar. The acids produced by these bacteria is what causes tooth decay.
  • Hard Candy: Candy canes stay in the mouth for a long time – as do the sugar they contain. Additionally, biting down on hard candy could crack or otherwise damage your teeth.
  • Popcorn: Be wary of any unpopped kernels near the bottom of the popcorn bag; chewing them could wear down your teeth.
  • Wine: Not only is wine acidic (meaning it can erode the enamel protecting your teeth) but it can also end up leaving stains.

Protect Your Smile with These Tooth-Friendly Foods

To help balance out some of the sugary snacks that could be damaging your teeth during the holidays, make sure your diet contains plenty of foods to promote dental health, such as:

  • Cheese: The calcium and phosphate that cheese contains helps strengthen your teeth and balances the pH levels in your mouth, which helps kill the bacteria that cause cavities and disease.
  • Fruit: The natural fibers in apples and strawberries combine with your saliva to wash away food particles that would otherwise be left on your pearly whites.
  • Crunchy Vegetables: Carrots and broccoli act somewhat like natural toothbrushes; while you chew them, they help clean your teeth and gums, decreasing the risk of plaque buildup.
  • Fresh Herbs: If oral bacteria start to accumulate in your mouth, they could cause halitosis (bad breath). Putting a few fresh herbs like parsley or mint in your salad could help you avoid this potentially embarrassing issue.

If the worst does happen in the middle of your holiday celebrations, make sure you always know the answer to the question, “Where’s a good dentist near me?” The earlier you make an appointment for emergency dental care, the better chance you have of keeping your smile intact. Of course, if you make the effort to protect your pearly whites during the festivities, you likely won’t need an emergency appointment at all!

About the Author

Dr. Marco Caballeros was inspired to start studying dentistry in 2006 when his oldest daughter was born. He’s completed Baylor’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry pot-doctoral program, where he learned plenty about performing surgical and cosmetic dental procedures. For more advice on protecting your teeth during the holiday season, schedule an appointment at his practice, On Point Dentistry, visit his website or call (972) 418-8461.

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