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Holiday Treats to Leave Alone

The holidays will be here before you know it and that means tempting treats for you to eat.

Whether it’s a work get together or an annual family reunion, there are bound to be quite a few tasty goodies that should be left where they are.

According to 4 Seasons Dental in Milton-Freewater, your hips and thighs aren’t the only things you should be watching.

Starchy Rolls, Cakes and Doughy Foods

If you have ever had one of those big soft pretzels you’ll know how difficult it is to remove the debris from between your teeth. The same can be said about holiday treats.

4 Seasons Dental explains that sticky cinnamon buns are double trouble because they are loaded with sugar AND stick on the crevices of your molars.

While cookies and muffins are still considered starchy holiday treats, they are a bit better than the above. They are also crumbly and less likely to remain between your teeth.

Acidic Fruits

Holiday treats always include fruit platters both dry and fresh. In addition, some of those fruits are topped with sugar.

Look for the fresher varieties of berries and melons and be sure to stay away from citrus as the acid isn’t good for the enamel on your teeth.

Oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits and Kiwi fruits love to eat away at the outer layer of your teeth. If you must have a slice of blood orange, your dentist in Milton-Freewater suggests that you enjoy it with water or along with a meal.

Candy Holiday Treats

Holiday treats are loaded with soft and hard candy. From candy canes and butterscotch to chewy caramels and salt water taffy it’s hard to resist these goodies.

Both are loaded with sugar and each has its own problems. For example, caramels pull at old restorations while sucking on butterscotch bathes your gums and teeth in sugar.

You may love your holiday treats and sour candy, but try eating chocolate instead. Milk, white and especially dark chocolates are not as bad as chewy and hard candy. Firstly, chocolate dissolves quicker. Secondly, it’s easy to rinse away with water.

Not so Bad Holiday Treats

Holiday treats aren’t all bad. Head for the cheese board and grab a piece of salami. Just avoid the bread and crackers as you’ll have the same issues that you do with starchy foods.

If you would like to learn more about healthy holiday treats for teeth, call or send a text and schedule an appointment with your Milton-Freewater dentist today.  

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