7 Thanksgiving Foods You Should Avoid for Good Oral Health
The holidays are a time for family gatherings and good food. With every meal you’re tempted with foods that are good for your teeth, as well as those that should be avoided. Be aware of what you’re eating and take care of your teeth so you maintain good oral health after the holidays are over.
Read on to know about the 7 Thanksgiving foods that are bad for your oral health.
Caramel corn is extremely sticky and will get wedged between your teeth, producing large amounts of bacteria. Popcorn can also be full of hulls and kernels that can damage your teeth, if not fully cooked.
Sweet Foods (pies, cookies, etc.)
Your favorite dessert is great if eaten in moderation. It’s also important to rinse your mouth after eating sweet foods. This keeps the amount of sugar in the mouth to a minimum and reduces the risk of cavities and infection.
Dried fruit is full of sugar that becomes more concentrated. This makes the fruit much more sticky, causing it to become attached to the teeth. It’s important to rinse or brush after eating dried fruits to make sure all of the small bits are removed.
Sugary beverages can also wreak havoc on your teeth. Keep sugary drinks and alcoholic beverages to a minimum to protect the delicate enamel that covers your teeth.
Starchy foods like sweet potatoes, can accumulate in between teeth creating the perfect environment for tooth decay and cavities.
Acidic foods can also damage the surface of your teeth. Acids can weaken your enamel and make your teeth more susceptible to cavities.
Hard candy or candy pieces that are extremely chewy can loosen or break teeth if you try to chew them or break them up. You have a better chance of maintaining good oral health, if these are avoided.