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Holiday Leftovers You Should (And Shouldn’t) Snack On

You know that when you eat meals, you’ll be in good shape as long as you take the time after you’re through to rinse your teeth and gums off with a simple swish of water. Then, when you’ve found a way to spend 30 minutes or so, you can head to the bathroom to brush! What about when you’re just snacking on leftovers, though? If you just can’t help yourself and you like nibbling on leftover holiday food, then you won’t want to rinse and brush that many times, right? Learn about foods that are okay for your oral health (or not) this holiday season.

Shouldn’t: Cranberry Sauce, Apple Pie, Etc.

When you open up the refrigerator, if you’re met with a pie tin with a half-eaten apple pie, an easy-to-access dish of cranberry sauce, and other desserts, it’s best to avoid this area. Maybe you should pack them in dishes that are harder to access or push them to the back of the fridge! They’re sugary and will certainly coat your teeth and encourage decay and other oral health concerns. Not ideal for snacking.

Should: Turkey

Turkey is just fine in our book! It’s full of protein, which means it’s not going to cause any serious issues for your teeth. You might need to floss, of course, if you get any stuck between your teeth. However, if you’re a fan of snacking, protein isn’t going to encourage oral health problems.

Shouldn’t: Sweet Drinks

Got some leftover eggnog in that fridge of yours? A special coffee drink? When you coat teeth in sugars and acids throughout the day, you’re placing them in harm’s way. Stick to water unless you’re eating a meal and will have time for dental hygiene!

Should: Cheese Plate Leftovers!

Teeth love calcium, to put it simply. Nibble on cheese for the win!

Enjoy Holiday Leftovers While Protecting Your Smile

Learn more about how to keep your smile healthy throughout holidays and more by asking during visits. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.

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