It is that time of year again where unwanted pounds add up after indulging in all the extra holiday goodies you avoid the rest of the year. But have you considered that your body is not the only part of you that suffers when you eat certain foods? You could be wreaking havoc on your teeth and gums if you don’t watch out.
Here are some foods you might want to skip if they show up on holiday trays or goodie bags:
Coated Apples: who doesn’t enjoy apple season, when a bounty of apples can take two rows in the produce section of your local supermarket? From gala to pink lady to granny smith and golden delicious, the choices seem endless. Indulge all you want in fresh apple slices, but avoid candy caramel coated apples on a stick. The sticky coating can loosen fillings and teeth if eaten improperly. Sticky coatings tend to hide between the teeth and are hard to remove, and left behind the bacterial plaque will erode your teeth.
Candied Nuts: while nuts are normally nutritious for your body, if they are hard like almonds you may incur tooth damage if you bite them the wrong way. The candy coating will also leave behind a sticky film that will attack your teeth and cause tooth decay if not properly removed.
Peppermint candy canes and mints: while tasty and fun to eat these are sticky and hard, leaving behind a filmy coating that will require a good brushing and flossing between your teeth, and if you decide to eat them, be very mindful when you are chewing them.
Kettle Corn: this popular holiday treat makes the rounds this time of year, and not only can you chip or crack a tooth if you bite into an unpopped popcorn kernel, this gooey treat can also leave food particles stuck in between your teeth.
Should you decide to partake of some of these holiday delights, take extra time in your daily brushing and flossing routine to clean in between your teeth and around the gum lines to remove any leftover residue. If you cannot brush right away, rinse your teeth in tap water to clear out debris. At home you may want to add a fluoride mouthwash rinse to help protect your teeth.
Take extra care of your oral hygiene this season and your teeth and gums will thank you!