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Don’t Let These Holiday Treats Hurt Your Smile!

November 25, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — dentalimpress @ 3:19 am
Eggnog

The holidays are nearly here, which probably means you have all sorts of fun plans. Whether you’re looking forward to all the twinkling lights around your neighborhood, listening to the cheery music, or excited to distribute gifts to your loved ones, there are so many reasons to be grateful for the season. However, you don’t want your smile to suffer. Here are some of the holiday treats that you should be especially wary of as the holidays approach.

Eggnog

Many people find this beverage a little bit too sweet or heavy for their taste. But for others, the holiday season is not complete without it. It just takes a little bit of time to whip up, and it can certainly satisfy your sweet tooth for the entire night. However, as you probably already expected, this drink is full of sugar which leads to tooth decay and other oral health issues if you aren’t careful. If you like to spike your cup with brandy or bourbon, you could be looking at dry mouth as well. Be sure to only consume this drink in moderation. If you want to have an adult beverage that isn’t as damaging for your teeth, try a gin and tonic or stick to a lighter beer.

Candy Canes

While they are minty and refreshing, candy canes are made almost completely out of sugar. They are primarily composed of sucrose, which is common table sugar, and high fructose corn syrup. You certainly don’t want to be sucking on too many of these throughout the day or else you could be looking at tooth decay in your near future. Definitely keep the candy canes to a minimum. Instead, try chewing on some peppermint flavored sugar-free gum.

Baked Goods

We all know sugary cookies and other baked goods aren’t great for your health. However, you seem to see them everywhere this time of year. If you want to avoid the need for fillings this New Year, be sure that you’re only munching on these treats in moderation. It’s a good idea to clean your teeth thoroughly afterwards as well.

Stuffing

This seems to be the perfect starchy side to whatever protein you prefer for your family meals. Whether you are having chicken, turkey, ham, or something else, a couple scoops of stuffing complements the flavor nicely. The problem is that it is very carb heavy. Carbohydrates convert to sugar in the mouth. In the end, stuffing is no better for your teeth than sugary sweets. Keep your portion sizes to a minimum for this side dish. Instead, try to fill up most of your plate with vegetables and protein.

You don’t want to start 2022 with a mouthful of cavities. Take it easy when it comes to the treats above and schedule a cleaning with your dentist. Your smile will be thanking you!

About the Author

Dr. Sweeta Walia is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for over 15 years! She earned her dental doctorate from the Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine and underwent a General Practice Residency at Staten Island University Hospital, which provided her with valuable experience regarding the treatment of medically compromised patients and cosmetic dentistry. For more information or to schedule an appointment at her office in Mesquite, visit her website or call (972) 288-3200.

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