Palencia Dental provides holiday tips for healthy teeth
Stephanie Kinsey, DDS, offers tips during the holiday season to improve one's appearance.
By: Palencia Dental
• Put down the brittle – Hard foods like peanut brittle and sticky foods like dried fruit can damage and break teeth. Opt for less hard and sticky options like chocolate which rinses off more easily.
• Limit your carbs – Starchy foods like sweet potato casserole tend to get stuck between teeth which can result in plaque buildup.
• Holiday drinks - Decadent holiday drinks are plentiful at holiday events. However, sugary cocktails like eggnog can dry out the mouth. If you choose to raise a glass, be sure to follow it with a glass of water to help rinse away sugar.
• Avoid too much citrus – A squeeze of lemon may make a cup of tea more refreshing, but too much citrus can erode enamel. A better choice would be milk as it may benefit tooth health with high amounts of calcium and other nutrients.
• Xylitol – Look for this ingredient as a sweets alternative and as an option to aspartame which is a controversial artificial sweetener. Xylitol can be found in sugar-free candy and breath mints, chewing gum, peanut butter, fruit drinks, jellies and jams.
• Choose the carrots - Cookies and sweets are nice holiday treats, but instead of reaching for another piece of candy, opt to eat vegetables.
• Reach for the scissors – Teeth are not made for opening presents and can be cracked if used as a stand-in for scissors. Rather than chewing through a hard-to-untie ribbon, grab something to help you cut it.
• Protect your teeth. Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports or participate in family games, and during strenuous exercise.
• Don't forget the dentist - The holidays can be a busy time, but that doesn't mean you can forget about your teeth. If you are due for a teeth cleaning or need work done, visit your dentist.
Dr. Kinsey is an American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) Qualified Dentist and has been practicing dentistry for more than 20 years. Her St. Augustine, Fla. practice is dedicated to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of one's smile combining conservative and state-of-the-
Dr. Stephanie Kinsey
Page Updated Last on: Dec 04, 2019