Holiday Foods and Tempting Treats

Holiday Foods and Tempting Treats

Holiday Foods and Tempting Treats

It’s that time of year again. That time when you over indulge on not so great holiday foods.

Those buffet tables are back with a vengeance, and you can bet they will be loaded with lots of holiday foods that aren’t so good for your weight or your teeth and gums.

Don’t Be Tempted

According to Dr. Victoria Yeager from Inspired Smiles those tempting holiday treats may seem, “Inspiring,” they really aren’t when it comes to teeth and gums.

If you are planning to indulge at your long list of holiday parties, it’s best to be aware of what you shouldn’t consume when it comes time to celebrate.

Holiday Foods You Shouldn’t be Tempted With

1. Starchy Foods

When it comes to delectable goodies, cakes, cookies and doughy breads always make the list. Even those giant pretzels you make every year can cause problems for teeth. Starchy foods get stuck in the crevices and cracks of teeth.

While they are good and very indulgent, your great grandmothers incredibly delicious sticky date muffins aren’t so good. Just like other starchy foods they stay put after you enjoy.

What’s even worse is that they contain dried fruit, another no no when it comes to holiday foods.

Most holiday buffet tables are loaded with family favorites that are not good when it comes to teeth and gums.

2. Citrus Fruits

Oranges, tangerines, mandarins, lemons, Kiwi and grapefruit shine during the holidays. They adorn every buffet table and are a delicious addition to your holiday favorites. With that being said, keep to a minimum or eat as part of another meal.

Citrus fruits eat away at the enamel on your teeth. Dr. Daniel Yeager warns to never eat citrus on its own and never suck on a lime or lemon as you are literally bathing your teeth in acid.

3. Soft and Hard Candy

While some candy is better than others, think chocolate, especially dark chocolate, chewy taffy, caramel and other similar holiday goodies are bad for teeth. They can get stuck between and pull at restorations.

Hard candy is just as bad. Bite on a candy cane and you are risking restoration breakage. Suck on a butterscotch and you are giving your teeth a sugar bath.

If you must enjoy something sweet go for limited amounts of chocolate, especially dark chocolate.

Holiday Foods for You to Eat

If you would like to learn more about healthy foods for teeth, call or send a direct message and schedule an appointment with Inspired Smiles today.