Foods to Avoid This Holiday
An unwelcome addition to your holiday meals could be tooth decay.
As you gather with family and friends this holiday, the health of your teeth is probably the furthest thing from your mind. All the delicious, homemade food might spell disaster for your waistline, but many popular holiday foods can also be detrimental to your teeth. Here, Dr. John Koechley, your Batavia, Illinois dentist, offers some information on how your holiday meal can work against your smile.
Breads and desserts
Starchy foods like yeast rolls and potatoes, and desserts like cakes and pies are loaded with carbohydrates from white flour and sugars. This is a key ingredient for creating plaque; bacteria feeds on these sugars to produce acid, which breaks down the protective outer layer of teeth known as the enamel.
Many punches served at parties contain soda, and soft drinks are a convenient way to provide a variety of drinks to guests. However, your Batavia dentist suggests foregoing these sugary beverages in favor of water; their high sugar and acid content give your teeth a double dose of damage.
Raw veggies like carrots, celery and broccoli often make appearances on appetizer trays. While these crunchy treats are vitamin-rich, people with full or partial dentures should steer clear. The biting force required for hard foods can put too much pressure on the front teeth, which can cause dentures to dislodge.
Dr. Koechley and his staff plan to have an enjoyable holiday, and they want to make sure their patients understand that in many cases, moderation is the key. You can enjoy your favorite holiday foods; just make sure to drink plenty of water along with them. Your Batavia dentist also recommends bringing along a toothbrush and floss to your holiday gathering and excusing yourself to clean your teeth after the meal. Just make sure to do this before you settle in for a post-dinner nap!