The festive party season is already underway, but how do you enjoy all the socializing and celebrations without turning your teeth into lumps of coal? The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) is giving you a breakdown on the traditional holiday treats and how you can enjoy all the goodies this magical time has to offer while still caring for your mouth.
Here are some examples of the naughty list:
Potatoes, stuffing, latkes and crackers: These tasty starches get stuck in teeth and can cause cavities. Flossing after a meal will get to those hard-to-reach areas between your teeth and remove any food debris.
Fruit cake, gingerbread and cranberry sauce: They are all high in sugar, especially sticky fruit cake that can remain on and between your teeth for a longer time.
Egg nog: Rich in sugar, it can create a comfy home in your mouth for bacteria to thrive.
And now for some examples from the nice list:
Chocolate: Plain chocolate is a less damaging sweet to your teeth because it dissolves quickly.
Cheese: Helps your mouth produce more saliva which washes away excess sugar and acid. Plus, calcium!
Fresh fruits and vegetables: These healthy snacks also help keep your teeth clean.
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