Christmas time is associated with family, music, and (our favorite) food! From large family dinners to the plates of cookies your neighbors drop off, this time of year is filled with delicious goodies. As much as we love the flavors of the season, however, these treats can take a real toll on your teeth. Here are some rules of thumb for keeping your teeth healthy:
1.) Avoid sticky foods : Toffees, candied nuts, baklava, and even some syrups can stick to your teeth for hours after eating the original treat. If you can’t avoid these sticky treats, be sure to brush and floss within an hour after eating these foods to avoid the long-term negative effects of them.
2.) Avoid hard foods : Hard cookies and candies can break your teeth and damage your enamel. Not only can hard foods take a toll, but for some reason people start putting hard objects in their mouth around Christmas time (using their teeth to break into presents and other objects). To avoid this damage, use your teeth for soft FOODS only.
3.) Avoid sugary drinks : Martinelli’s, wassail, sodas, eggnog, hot cocoa, and other sweet beverages common to the Christmas season can leave your teeth with stains and decay. Avoid these drinks altogether or be sure to brush or rinse your mouth with water as soon as possible.
At Platinum Dental Care, we care about your health and the health of your teeth over this Christmas season. Take care to avoid these foods or clean your mouth well after consumption and you should be fine!
Dr. Matthew Cheney , our newest Platinum Dental dentist, works in our Logan location. With years of experience and a wonderful staff, visit Platinum Dental Logan and Dr. Cheney by calling (435) 752-3689.