- Be cautious of candy canes and other hard candies– Hard candy is tasty and readily available at the holidays from candy canes to peppermints, but it can crack your teeth if you bite down wrong. It may be better to let candies dissolve to prevent any chipping or other damage – but be sure to brush thoroughly after eating candy of any kind. Want a different twist on peppermint candy canes – try dissolving one in your coffee.
- Avoid soda – Holiday meals are usually served with soda. This sugary substance is never good for your teeth. Try juices, teas, or a glass of white wine. If you must drink soda, use a straw to keep most of the acid off your teeth. Remember to rinse your mouth with water after meals.
- Easy on the wine – Red wine can stain your teeth. White wine is less of a risk to your white smile. If you do drink red, do so with food to mitigate how much of it gets on your teeth. Be sure to brush well if you do indulge in reds.
- Enjoy the turkey – Turkey is a great source of phosphorus and protein – both of which can help your body fight tooth decay and keep your teeth strong and healthy.
- Stock your stockings well – Christmas stockings are often chock full of sugary treats that can cause your kids to get cavities. Instead, consider eliminating candy altogether or stick to one sweet item. Also consider giving them a cool new toothbrush as part of their holiday loot.
- Dip into veggies – At holiday events, skip the trays of Christmas cookies and brownies and instead fill your plate with veggies. Broccoli and carrots are great treats for your teeth because they’re loaded with Vitamin A which strengthens your enamel.
South Miami Dentist.
Dr. Serge Papiernik
9350 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite #920
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 670 5100