During the holiday season we all tend to indulge a little more in the foods and beverages that we might not partake in every day. Champagne, cider, cranberry sauce, sodas, candy, peanut brittle, fudge — many of the best holiday foods are either loaded with sugar or acids, or have a texture or consistency that is bad for your teeth.
Read on for a few foods to avoid if you can, that way you don’t have to make an impromptu trip to the dentist.
1.) Breads and Processed Carbs
This might be one of the harder foods to stamp out during Thanksgiving, especially since those of the older generations eat and ate so much of it. Plus, biscuits! The problem with bread is that, after you chew on it, your saliva immediately starts breaking down the bread’s starches into sugar. The bread itself is broken down in the mouth and turned into a sort of paste that sticks to all of the tiny, little crevices between your teeth, quietly contributing to cavities or worse.
2.) Candy — Especially of the Sour Variety
We know. Gummy worms. Gummy bears. Gummy whatever. Sour gummy candy or hard candy is straight up horrible for your teeth — there’s no other way to spin it. These types of candies should be avoided year-round. If you do decide to indulge, make sure your brush your teeth, waiting 15 minutes for your mouth enzymes to neutralize corrosive acids from the candy. Try to incorporate a proactive oral health plan throughout the holidays, which might mean bringing a toothbrush and toothpaste with you when you attend gatherings or holiday events — that way you can retreat for a quick maintenance brush after snacking.
3.) Alcohol — Especially Spirits
Anything with alcohol is going to do a number on your teeth due to the process carbs, sugars, and acid content of most alcoholic beverages, but hard liquor is especially bad for a couple of reasons. For one, people often mix hard liquor (which many already has a high amount of sugar in itself) with sugary, carbonated beverages that represent a one-two punch to your oral health. Another drawback is after having a few adult beverages, many of us might be susceptible to slacking on brushing, maybe even putting it off altogether until the morning. Try not to give into temptation.
If you have any additional questions about foods you should try to avoid this Thanksgiving, contact Audubon dental today. We help you get to the smile you’ve always wanted.